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Living Among the Oaks

Lessons from California’s First People

image of Coast Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia, in the Garden

October 16, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 16, 2012)

WHO: The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

WHAT: LIVING AMONG THE OAKS: Lessons from California’s First People

Come to an exciting day at the Garden and learn about the many ways California Native Americans used native plants for their food, clothing, and homes. Grind acorns, weave a tule mat, play walnut-dice games, make rope and cordage, and learn about our local oak woodland habitats and the many birds, mammals, and insects that depend upon them. The Garden’s experienced docents will be giving demonstrations and leading hands-on activities for families to experience. The event will also give teachers and educators a chance to preview this program in advance of classroom field trips. The Golden Harvest School Program is aligned with the California State Standards and the new EEI Curriculum, and we offer limited scholarships for busing.

“This is a wonderful occasion to celebrate the beauty and wonder of our native oaks and their acorns—the single most important plant food of the Chumash,” reported SBBG’s Director of Education, Judy Sanregret. “We specifically designed this event to be fun and interesting for the general public, as well as an opportunity for local elementary teachers to preview the Golden Harvest Tour Learning Stations. The Golden Harvest Tour introduces students to the significance of the uncommon biological diversity and richness of Santa Barbara, both historically and today.”

FEE: General Public: FREE with paid SBBG admission;
FREE ADMISSION for SBBG members and educators with school ID

WHEN: Saturday, November 10, 10:00am – 3:00pm

WHY: Enrichment and education for families and teachers to experience the significant contributions oak woodland habitats have added for the residents, past and present, of the Central Coast.

The media is welcome to attend this event and an advance RSVP is requested for day-of event coverage. To arrange an interview with SBBG’s Director of Education, Judy Sanregret or request high-resolution photos please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132 or via cell at 805-886-1869.

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is located at 1212 Mission Canyon Road in Santa Barbara. As attendance is limited by our Conditional Use Permit, only 205 people can be allowed into the Garden at one time. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation via MTD’s bus number 22 on the weekends.
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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

To arrange an interview or to request high-resolution photos, please contact

Joni Kelly
Communications Manager
office: (805) 682-4726 ext. 132
email: jkelly@sbbg.org