Events & Programs

CLASSES

Classes at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's Community Education Department seeks to provide diverse educational experiences that will speak to a public, professional, and scholarly audience of many interests and expertise. With this goal in mind, we hope to bring our diverse community together in a discussion of how we relate to our environment, and in turn, how to better care for each other.

Preschool Nature Hours (Session B)

Wednesday

Oct

23

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Wednesday

Nov

13

10 am - 11 am

Join Community Education Coordinator Lisa Pritchard for a session or per class of hour morning classes for parents and their preschoolers (ages 3-5) as we explore the fall themes on the garden trails. When you register, please pick per session (includes 4 classes), or per class on selected date.

Wednesdays 10 am-11 am

10/23: Shapes in Nature

10/30: Spiders and Bats

11/6: Underground World

11/13: Migrate & Hibernate

$85 Public Adult/One Child | $65 Member Adult/One Child

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Natural Dye Workshop

Saturday

Oct

26

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10 am - 12 pm

Learn about the ancient practice of naturally dyeing fabrics with artist Allison Alford using California native and non-native plants. We will discuss how to gather plants to use for dyeing from your backyard garden and your kitchen! Participants will get to naturally dye a silk scarf with a plant-based dye.

$85 Public | $75 Members

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Behind-The-Scenes Herbarium Tour with Lucinda McDade, PHD

Sunday

Oct

27

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1 pm - 2 pm

Go behind-the-scenes in the Garden’s Herbarium with Executive Director Lucinda McDade, PhD! RSABG’s Herbarium is comprised of over 1.25 million plant specimens, making it the 11th largest herbarium in North America. This invaluable collection, with both centuries-old and freshly collected specimens,helps advance botany, conservation and applied research. Dr. McDade will lead you through this prestigious collection and discuss how the Herbarium works.

$20 Public | $15 Members

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Propagation: Seeds, Cuttings, and Divisions

Saturday

Nov

2

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10 am - 12 pm

Learn how to grow plants from scratch the way we do here at the Garden! We will focus on multiple methods of starting seeds, cuttings and divisions. You will see the tools and materials we use and learn what is practical to do at home. This workshop will be offered twice, once on November 2 and once on November 23.

$10 Public | Free for Members

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Medicinal Plants of California Herb Walk

Saturday

Nov

9

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10 am - 1 pm

Join herbalist William Broen for an interactive garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. Participants will learn traditional and modern plant uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore.

$30 Public | $25 Members

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Free Family Bird Walk: Wild Birds Unlimited

Saturday

Nov

16

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8 am - 9:30 am

Join Chris Verma of Claremont's Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along the garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring your bird guides and binoculars if you have them. Registration required. Limited to 20 participants. Please, no walk ins.

Free with Registration

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Saging the World: Indigenous Wisdom & The Cultivation of White Sage

Saturday

Nov

16

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9:30 am - 11:30 am

“A fire went through our family’s sage gathering ground, and maybe five acres of white sage just burned to the ground. I was upset, but my uncle said, ‘It’s good—the world just needed saging off.”

—Tima Lotah Link, Shmuwich Chumash

California Indians have been using white sage for food, medicine and ceremony for thousands of years. The contemporary commercialization of white sage has become international in scope. Walmart, Etsy and Amazon all market smudge sticks, sage bundles, and “cleansing” kits, fueling a growing controversy around cultural appropriation. Much of the white sage for the international market is unscrupulously foraged.

We hope you’ll join us in learning how to cultivate white sage in your garden
or nurture the plants in containers on your decks, porches, and windowsills. You’ll attract bees, butterflies, birds, and other beneficial insects. You’ll betterunderstand how the health and well-being of our species is inextricablyconnected with the plants that sustain us. Learn why and how to Sage the Worldwith authors of the Ethnobotany Project, Rose Ramirez and Deborah Small as well as RSABG staff, at this presentation and workshop.

$30 Public | $20 Members

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Propagation: Seeds, Cuttings, and Divisions

Saturday

Nov

23

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10 am - 12 pm

Learn how to grow plants from scratch the way we do here at the Garden! We will focus on multiple methods of starting seeds, cuttings and divisions. You will see the tools and materials we use and learn what is practical to do at home. This workshop will be offered twice, once on November 2 and once on November 23.

$10 Public | Free for Members

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Botanical Gift Making: Preschool

Wednesday

Dec

4

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10 am - 11 am

Come make a leaf-printed tote bag using the leaves of the Sycamore. One adult and one child pair will help each other create a beautiful gift for the holidays.

$35 Public | $25 Members

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Botanical Gift Making: Preschool

Saturday

Dec

7

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10 am - 11 am

Come make a leaf-printed tote bag using the leaves of the Sycamore. One adult and one child pair will help each other create a beautiful gift for the holidays.

$35 Public | $25 Members

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Botanical Gift Making: Grades K-4

Saturday

Dec

14

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10 am - 11 am

Come make a simple plant press to use for preserving those flower cuttings that you want to keep. We’ll learn how to set and press three samples to be used later for cards or for framing. Adult chaperones are welcome!

$35 Public | $25 Members

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Pollinator Gardens: Bees, Butterflies & Hummingbirds

Saturday

Dec

14

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10 am - 12 pm

Learn how native plants support pollinators and about selecting plants that are especially effective at creating food-hubs. Choosing the best plants for your area is the key to success, and we’ll show you how!

$10 Public | Free for Members

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Botanical Gift Making: Grades 5-12

Saturday

Dec

21

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10 am - 11 am

Come make a grapevine wreath and decorate it using native cones, pods and seeds from the garden to keep or give away to love ones for the holidays. Bring a favorite bow if you have one, or a raffia one will be provided. Adult chaperones are welcome!

$35 Public | $25 Members

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Pollinator Gardens: Bees, Butterflies & Hummingbirds

Saturday

Dec

28

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10 am - 12 pm

Learn how native plants support pollinators and about selecting plants that are especially effective at creating food-hubs. Choosing the best plants for your area is the key to success, and we’ll show you how!

$10 Public | Free for Members

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terms

Tickets for events are available for purchase at the Admissions Kiosk or online in advance. Ticket price includes parking and admission to the Garden. Limited tickets are available, advance ticket purchase is recommended. No refunds or ticket exchanges. Events are subject to change. In the event of cancellation due to weather, tickets are valid for one (1) complimentary admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden during regular business hours, expiring one year from date (not valid for special or ticketed events). Email:advancement@rsabg.org or call (909) 625-8767 ext. 258 for more information.