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.

Botany 101

Saturday

Feb

23

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9 am - 4 pm

Cultivate your interest in plants with this introduction to botany! This course will cover the basics of plant anatomy, morphology, and identification. Participants will gain hands-on experience dissecting plant material and identifying plants in the field. There will be an hour break for lunch- please plan accordingly. Snacks and water will be available. Instructors: Dylan Cohen and Maria Jesus, Graduate/Research Associates at RSABG

$100 Public | $80 Members

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Forest Therapy

Sunday

Feb

24

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8 am - 10 am

Slow down. Awaken your senses. Bear witness to yourself and all beings. Inspired by the Japanese practice of "Shinrin Yoku", Forest Therapy has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress and improve cognitive function. Forest therapy also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. On this walk, a certified guide  will offer a series of guided invitations to assist your own authentic way of interacting with the land and plants at RSABG. There's no right or wrong way to do it and it's great for all ages. Just come and be yourself- all are welcome in the forest!

Ben Page is a certified forest therapy guide who founded Shinrin Yoku Los Angeles. His work has been featured in USA TODAY, Women's Health, Washington Post, Bold Italic, Daily Burn, American Way, and People magazine. Ben is also a mentor and trainer of guides with The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.

$35 Public | $25 Members

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Nature Mono Prints with Aleta Jacobson

Saturday

Mar

2

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10 am - 1 pm

Join local award-winning artist Aleta Jacobson for this three hour printmaking course using materials found in nature. Aleta delights in spreading the word of creativity to her students and hopes to inspire even the most novice to create masterful works of art. Bring a bag lunch if needed.

$50 Public | $40 Members

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Edible Natives: Foraging, Growing and Preparing

Saturday

Mar

2

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10 am - 11 am

Interested in CA native edible plants? Join us in learning how to forage, grow, and prepare common native edible plants.


$5 Public | Free for Members

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Behind The Scenes Tour: RSABG Herbarium

Sunday

Mar

3

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1 pm - 2pm

Did you know that the garden holds more than a million stored dried plant specimens in its herbarium? Join Executive Director Lucinda McDade, PhD on a tour as she describes its history, its collections and its importance for the future.

$15 Public | $12 Members

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Rancho Rangers: What's in the Desert?

Saturday

Mar

16

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1 pm - 4 pm

Do you love to explore all things outdoors? Are you in K- 4th grade? Come join us as we hike and learn about the flora and fauna of the gardens through investigations, activities, and scientific inquiry. Each session we will focus on different plant and animal communities that can be found at RSABG. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress for rain or shine and bring a mid afternoon healthy snack.

After online/in person registration, parents will be sent an emergency contact form to be filled out prior to the start of each session. If your child has special needs regarding outside hiking or activities, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call the educational staff at ext. 251.

$60 Public | $50 Members

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Preschool Nature Hours (Session C)

Wednesday

Mar

20

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Wednesday

Apr

10

10 am - 11 am

New to RSABG, this family program is for Preschoolers (TK), ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult (1 child/1 adult pair). Each week of the four part session, we will investigate nature themes through short hikes, stories, crafts and activities. Preschool Nature Hours will be led by Lisa Pritchard (M.A.T), RSABG's Education Assistant for Community Education who has been teaching all her adult life. She was a Teacher Naturalist and Education Coordinator at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in R.I., and a Lower School Science teacher at a private school before relocating to Claremont.  

(If room allows, single per day registration may be considered, fee TBA. Please call ext. 251 to inquire).

Session C:  Wednesdays: 10 am-11am

3/20: Winter & Spring

3/27: Prickles & Thorns

4/3: Lizards & The Sun

4/10: Nature Detectives

$80 Public | $65 Members

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Preschool Nature Hours (Session D)

Saturday

Mar

23

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Saturday

Apr

13

10 am - 11 am

New to RSABG, this family program is for Preschoolers (TK), ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult (1 child/1 adult pair). Each week of the four part session, we will investigate nature themes through short hikes, stories, crafts and activities. Preschool Nature Hours will be led by Lisa Pritchard (M.A.T), RSABG's Education Assistant for Community Education who has been teaching all her adult life. She was a Teacher Naturalist and Education Coordinator at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in R.I., and a Lower School Science teacher at a private school before relocating to Claremont.  

(If room allows, single per day registration may be considered, fee TBA. Please call ext. 251 to inquire).

Session B: Saturdays: 10 am-11am

3/23: Winter & Spring

3/30: Prickles & Thorns

4/6: Lizards & The Sun

4/13: Nature Detectives

$80 Public | $65 Members

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

Sunday

Apr

7

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11 am - 12 pm

Please be our guests in celebrating a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony under the instruction of SKeiko Nakada Sokei of the Urasenke School of Chado in Kyoto. She will give a short meditation lecture and then demonstrate the tea ceremony with matcha tea and Japanese treats.

$35 Public | $25 Members

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Rancho Rangers: What's in the Chaparral?

Saturday

Apr

20

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1 pm - 4 pm

Do you love to explore all things outdoors? Are you in K- 4th grade? Come join us as we hike and learn about the flora and fauna of the gardens through investigations, activities, and scientific inquiry. Each session we will focus on different plant and animal communities that can be found at RSABG. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress for rain or shine and bring a mid afternoon healthy snack.

After online/in person registration, parents will be sent an emergency contact form to be filled out prior to the start of each session. If your child has special needs regarding outside hiking or activities, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call the educational staff at ext. 251.

$60 Public | $50 Members

REGISTER

Preschool Nature Hours (Session E)

Wednesday

Apr

24

-

Wednesday

May

15

10 am - 11 am

New to RSABG, this family program is for Preschoolers (TK), ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult (1 child/1 adult pair). Each week of the four part session, we will investigate nature themes through short hikes, stories, crafts and activities. Preschool Nature Hours will be led by Lisa Pritchard (M.A.T), RSABG's Education Assistant for Community Education who has been teaching all her adult life. She was a Teacher Naturalist and Education Coordinator at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in R.I., and a Lower School Science teacher at a private school before relocating to Claremont.  

(If room allows, single per day registration may be considered, fee TBA. Please call ext. 251 to inquire).

Session E:  Wednesdays: 10 am-11am

4/24: Eggs & Nests

5/1: Shoots & Sprouts

5/8: Water & Life

5/15: Butterflies & Flowers

$80 Public | $65 Members

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Grass Identification Workshop + Field Trip

Saturday

Apr

27

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Sunday

Apr

28

8:30 am - 5: 00 pm each day

Led by Travis Columbus PhD, participants will be instructed in detail on the vegetative and reproductive features of grasses (Poaceae). Aspects of anatomy, physiology, and ecology will also be addressed. Most time will be spent in the lab learning to use the identification keys in the second edition of The Jepson Manual. Special attention will be given to difficult couplets and taxa. In addition, participants will learn how to identify common genera by using diagnostic characteristics. There will be a field trip to Santa Rosa Plateau on Sunday afternoon. Please bring a bag lunch. Snacks will be provided.

$300 Public | $250 Members

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Preschool Nature Hours (Session F)

Saturday

Apr

27

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Saturday

May

18

10 am - 11 am

New to RSABG, this family program is for Preschoolers (TK), ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult (1 child/1 adult pair). Each week of the four part session, we will investigate nature themes through short hikes, stories, crafts and activities. Preschool Nature Hours will be led by Lisa Pritchard (M.A.T), RSABG's Education Assistant for Community Education who has been teaching all her adult life. She was a Teacher Naturalist and Education Coordinator at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in R.I., and a Lower School Science teacher at a private school before relocating to Claremont.  

(If room allows, single per day registration may be considered, fee TBA. Please call ext. 251 to inquire).

Session E:  Saturdays: 10 am-11am

4/27: Eggs & Nests

5/4: Shoots & Sprouts

5/11: Water & Life

5/18: Butterflies & Flowers

$80 Public | $65 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.