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  • Earthy Folklore: The Nature Wisdom in Ancient Tales with Craig Chalquist
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    Earthy Folklore: The Nature Wisdom in Ancient Tales with Craig Chalquist

    Earthy Folklore: The Nature Wisdom in Ancient Tales with Craig Chalquist

    Thursday, May 16th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    We find much wisdom for how to relate to the natural world in what seems at first an unlikely source: old folklore, including myths and folk tales. When read and told with sensitivity to symbol and metaphor, we can learn valuable lessons for moving our relations with nature, place, and Earth from distance and alienation to closeness and appreciation.

  • Helpful and Harmful Plants Every Hiker Needs to Know
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    Helpful and Harmful Plants Every Hiker Needs to Know

    Helpful and Harmful Plants Every Hiker Needs to Know

    Thursday, April 18th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Join local plant expert Sue Reinhart as shares about helpful plants that can be used right on the trail as remedies and how to identify them, as well as some lesser known edible plants along our trails and how to distinguish them for any poisonous look-a-likes. Sue will also touch on the some of the historic uses of these plants.

  • Ultralight Gear & Backpacking with Litehikers Rik & Paul
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    Ultralight Gear & Backpacking with Litehikers Rik & Paul

    Ultralight Gear & Backpacking with Litehikers Rik & Paul
    Free Presentation with Q&A

    Thursday, March 21st, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Learn about the benefits of ultralight gear and how to lighten your load. Lighter gear lets you cover miles more easily, whether it’s to take longer treks or experience less wear and tear physically or both.

  • Backpacking Made Easy
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    Backpacking Made Easy

    Backpacking Made Easy
    Saturdays, March 23 – April 6

    Through this class, you will learn the basic skills and awareness to set out on our local trails and craft your own backpacking trips. Many of these skills can also be used for day hiking as well.

    This class is unique in that all classes take place out on our local trails and not in a classroom, as the best place to learn wilderness skills is outside in nature.

  • Hiking & Backpacking on the Channel Islands
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    Hiking & Backpacking on the Channel Islands

    Hiking & Backpacking on the Channel Islands

    Free Slideshow Presentation with Q&A

    Thursday, February 21st, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    During the last ice age, the four islands off our coast, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel, were all part of a single, larger island called Santarosae. This talk will highlight the hiking and backpacking opportunities on these four islands today, as well as describe an imagined traverse of the now submerged super island of Santarosae.

  • The Search for Rare & Invasive Plants in the Zaca & Jesusita Fires with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
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    The Search for Rare & Invasive Plants in the Zaca & Jesusita Fires with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

    Backcountry Adventuring: The Search for Rare & Invasive Plants in the Zaca & Jesusita Fires with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

    Free Presentation
    Thursday, January 17th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

  • Front Country Trails Update with Montecito Trails Foundation
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    Front Country Trails Update with Montecito Trails Foundation

    Front Country Trails Update with Montecito Trails Foundation

    Free Presentation
    Thursday, December 20th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

  • When The Animals Were People with Chumash elder and storyteller Julie Tumamait
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    When The Animals Were People with Chumash elder and storyteller Julie Tumamait

    When The Animals Were People
    with Chumash elder and storyteller Julie Tumamait

    Free Presentation
    Thursday, November 15th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Join Chumash elder and storyteller Julie Tumamait and she shares stories and songs from her Chumash heritage, as well as stories from her life.

  • Historic Mines & Trails of the Santa Barbara Backcountry
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    Historic Mines & Trails of the Santa Barbara Backcountry

    Historic Mines & Trails of the Santa Barbara Backcountry

    Free Slideshow Presentation with Q&A

    Thursday, October 18th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    While not necessarily rich in gold and silver, our local mountains have other minerals and resources that were valuable enough for prospectors to search for them and miners to build trails to access them in the remote wilderness behind Santa Barbara.

  • Navigating Wilderness
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    Navigating Wilderness

    Navigating Wilderness

    Saturdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 17

    Learn from local experts how to read the landscape and trails, and become more familiar with the native plants and animals of our area through this immersive class.

    The Santa Barbara and Ojai backcountry offers more than 500,000 acres of designated wilderness and hundreds of miles of trails to explore, and yet often the biggest obstacle to venturing out on the land or going deeper into nature is simply having the skills and confidence to get started.

  • Animal Tracking Secrets with Jim Lowery
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    Animal Tracking Secrets with Jim Lowery

    Animal Tracking Secrets with Jim Lowery

    Thursday, September 20th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Tracking opens a rich dimension into the lives of the animals around us. The tracks we find on the trails and in the wilderness can reveal what the animal is, its gender and size, where it’s going and what it’s doing, and even its mood.

  • Exploring the Gaviota Coast
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    Exploring the Gaviota Coast

    Exploring the Gaviota Coast

    Thursday, August 16th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Join former California State Parks ranger and Gaviota Coast Conservancy charter member Mike Lunsford as shares some of his favorite hikes along the coast, ranging from Gaviota State Park to Goleta, as well as how to find the different coastal access spot along Highway 101.

  • Hiking the Camino Santiago de Compostella (Camino del Norte & Primitivo)
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    Hiking the Camino Santiago de Compostella (Camino del Norte & Primitivo)

    Hiking the Camino Santiago de Compostella (Camino del Norte & Primitivo)

    Thursday, July 19th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Join local hiker and stone carver Maile Ellington as she shares the tale of her 50th-year celebration in the form of a 600-mile solo walk across Spain. The gear that made the journey, the impact the journey made, and all the characters along the way. Maile will be joined by special guest Lucia Davis who walked the Camino Frances last fall.

  • Southern Steelhead: Recovering a California Landscape with Mark Capelli
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    Southern Steelhead: Recovering a California Landscape with Mark Capelli

    Southern Steelhead: Recovering a California Landscape with Mark Capelli

    Thursday, June 21st, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Learn about the steps being taken to support the recovery of Southern California’s steelhead population. Federally listed as an endangered species in 1997, the Southern California steelhead faces challenges ranging from loss of habitat, pollution, and insufficient stream and river flow.

  • Trail Talk: Hiking the John Muir Trail and other Sierra Wanderings with Curt Cragg
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    Trail Talk: Hiking the John Muir Trail and other Sierra Wanderings with Curt Cragg

    Trail Talk: Hiking the John Muir Trail and other Sierra Wanderings with Curt Cragg

    Thursday, May 17th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

  • Trail Talk: Insects - The Good, The Bad, & The Bugly with Frederique Lavoipierre
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    Trail Talk: Insects - The Good, The Bad, & The Bugly with Frederique Lavoipierre

    Trail Talk: Insects - The Good, The Bad, & The Bugly with Frederique Lavoipierre
    Thursday, April 19th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Our backcountry as well as our gardens are full of insects! What are they and what are they all doing there? Some are pollinators such as honey and native bees. Others are predators, eating the insects, mites, and other small critters that can plague plants.

  • Trail Talk: Insects - The Good, The Bad, & The Bugly with Frederique Lavoipierre
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    Trail Talk: Insects - The Good, The Bad, & The Bugly with Frederique Lavoipierre

    Trail Talk: Insects - The Good, The Bad, & The Bugly with Frederique Lavoipierre
    Thursday, April 19th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Our backcountry as well as our gardens are full of insects! What are they and what are they all doing there? Some are pollinators such as honey and native bees. Others are predators, eating the insects, mites, and other small critters that can plague plants.

  • Birding in Santa Barbara: Connecting Us to the Wilderness
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    Birding in Santa Barbara: Connecting Us to the Wilderness

    Birding in Santa Barbara: Connecting Us to the Wilderness

    Thursday, March 15th, 6:30PM
    Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
    40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Join naturalist Rebecca Coulter to explore birding in our region as one of the best ways to connect with nature, whether on a backcountry trail or wandering around a city park. By opening our eyes and ears to the birds around us, we deepen our experience in nature—and the joy of discovering how birds can link us to the wilderness, no matter where we are in the world.  

  • Backpacking Made Easy
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    Backpacking Made Easy

    Through this class, you will learn the basic skills and awareness to set out on our local trails and craft your own backpacking trips. Many of these skills can also be used for day hiking as well.

    Backpacking Made Easy
    Saturdays, March 24 – April 7

    Santa Barbara and Ojai are home to a variety of incredible backpacking destinations, and yet, often the biggest obstacle is simply having the knowledge and skills to get started.

    Through this immersive workshop, you will learn the basic skills needed to comfortably explore and enjoy our local trails.

  • Into the Mountains! Trails and Tales of the Santa Barbara Backcountry
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    Into the Mountains! Trails and Tales of the Santa Barbara Backcountry

    Into the Mountains! Trails and Tales of the Santa Barbara Backcountry
    Free Slideshow Presentation with Q&A

    Wednesday, February 28th, 7:30PM – doors open at 7PM

    Farrand Hall – Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

    2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA

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