Volunteer Botanists: Fire Recovery Mapping Project
Age 18 and up
Brush up on your local botany and become a volunteer botanist to map the recovery of our wildlands and trails following the Thomas and Whittier Fires. Join Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (SBBG) as they conduct volunteer training for "Community Scientists" (also known as citizen scientists) responsible for mapping over 300 miles of local trails affected by the fires. Community science is scientific research conducted in whole or part by amateur (nonprofessional) scientists. In these training sessions, the SBBG will introduce their Fire Recovery Mapping Project; teach volunteers how to map challenges to recovery after fire, including eroded areas and trail damage; and introduce the invasive plant species you'll search for. The SBBG will share reference materials including "cheat sheets" to help you as a community scientist, as well as teach you how to record occurrences using smartphone-based apps. At the end of the training, you'll receive a trail to steward for 2021 by hiking it one or more times during the growing season. Choose to attend one 10am -12pm training either 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, or 4/24. For returning community scientists, choose 3/13 or 4/3 training session at 9am or 12pm.