Thanks For A Wonderful Year!

Here are some of the highlights of Explore Ecology’s past year.

Our Environmental Educators taught over 750 classes in local schools, inspiring over 19,000 students.

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The Art From Scrap Gallery hosted 7 art exhibitions, offering local artists a place to show their work. Our Art Center offered over 100 low cost or free Art From Scrap Workshops.

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Over 200 cleanups were conducted at Arroyo Burro Beach. We managed Santa Barbara County’s Coastal Cleanup Day.


38 classes, grades 4th-6th, participated in our Flows to the Ocean Marine Debris Prevention Program, which includes a trip to Santa Cruz Island and service learning projects.


Our Garden Educators manage 32 school gardens from Guadalupe to Carpinteria where over 8,000 kids learn how to grow their own food and make healthy food choices.

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The Art From Scrap Retail Store diverted thousands of pounds of materials from the landfill, while providing low cost items to the Santa Barbara Community!

IMG_4388Thanks for a fabulous year! We will be closed until January 6th. Our Reuse Store is being remodeled. We can’t wait to share it with you!


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Turn Corks into Beautiful Jewelry- Art From Scrap Workshop

Art From Scrap is offering a new series of art workshops for adults. Enjoy a glass of wine as you design and create cork jewelry with Guest Artist Extraordinaire Mary Price on Thursday December 11th, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  In this two hour workshop, Mary will teach you how to transform old wine corks intro new beautiful wearable creations.

corks 3Sign up for online or by calling Art From Scrap at 805-884-0459 x13. No art experience is necessary. Materials provided by Art From Scrap, although participants can bring their own if desired. The  cost for this workshop is $25.00. Click Here to Buy Tickets Online. 


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For questions, to sign up, or if you are interested in teaching a workshop, please contact Jill at or (805) 884-0459 X13.

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Ornament & Card Making Workshop Is This Thursday

It’s a wrap! Holiday beginnings at Explore Ecology – Time to get COZY and make things!

Don’t you wish it would snow in Santa Barbara? Or even get a little cold? Well – you can pretend this Thursday, December 4th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, by joining us at Art From Scrap for an Ornament and Card Making Workshop. We’ll be using everyday cold-weather inspired actions such as wrapping things in yarn and fabric, coating and covering… scrunching and knotting, tying and fastening like you would be doing to yourself if you were on a snowy street somewhere else.

TREE BRANCHIn this workshop, you might make wooly snowballs, knotted garlands, beautiful wrapped sticks that become fantastical miniature trees, and tiny houses for tiny creatures in or around your tree. You can create cork people and little rockets, or winter flowers and stars. For a start.

Tree BotsYou may need invitations for friends, cards and tags for presents – so we have some Holiday Card ideas for you, too. One card design that can be many things: posted to overseas friends, a gift tag on a present and then hung on the tree for decoration, or for the children to find and play a game with. Each card is also a tiny pocket in which to hide or tuck a note, small treasure, or set of clues that point your children on a treasure hunt around the house. Your imagination is the limit, our materials are there for your creative first few steps.

Tree CardsNo reservations are required.  Don’t miss this Art From Scrap Workshop on  Thursday, December 4th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This workshop is part of our Homespun Holiday First Thursday Celebration, which includes an Art Opening & Jewelry Show, music by DJ Ted Coe of KCSB FM and wine by Santa Barbara Winery.

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Homespun Holiday Opening Night Is This Thursday

Celebrate the start of the holiday season and First Thursday at Art From Scrap on Thursday, December 4th, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Join us for an art opening and reception, a craft show, and a free Holiday Card and Ornament Making Art From Scrap workshop.


Art by Colleen Darling

The Family Friendly First Thursday event includes music by DJ Ted Coe of KCSB FM, wine by Santa Barbara Winery, and refreshments.

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DJ Ted Coe of KCSB FM

Enter a raffle for Wine Tastings from Santa Barbara Winery, Art Workshops, and Prizes from the Art From Scrap Reuse Store.


Art by Mary Stanley

Homespun Holiday features the work of artists Colleen Darling, Elena Mary Siff, Mary Stanley, and Syd McCutcheon, who have created small- sized work perfectly priced for gift giving.

Artisans Aziza Browne, Mary Price and Carol Rosen will be selling handcrafted jewelry.

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Carol Rosen Jewelry

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Aziza Jewelry


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Green Your Holidays- Shop at Art From Scrap


Art From Scrap is filled with holiday decorations, gifts, ornaments, books and materials to create your Greenest Holiday ever.  Don’t buy new, Reuse, Reduce & Recycle!
Since 1990, the Art From Scrap Reuse Store has kept thousands of pounds of reusable materials out of the landfill.  Do your part to work toward a zero waste holiday season!

Art From Scrap Store Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. We will be closed Thanksgiving Day.
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Explore Ecology Free Fieldtrips

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Calling All Teachers! 

Sign Up For Free Environmental Education Classes

“Thanks for teaching us how to help the ocean! This is the best field trip I’ve been on.” – 2nd Grader from Peabody Elementary School on Explore Ecology field trip.

After learning about local watersheds, marine debris, and how to keep our creeks and oceans healthy, the 21 students from Peabody School were inspired to do more. At the end of their visit to the Watershed Resource Center,  these 6-8 year olds picked up 327 pieces of trash on Arroyo Burro Beach… in just ten minutes!

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If you’d like your class to learn how their actions can make a difference, schedule an Explore Ecology field trip today. Our lessons, taught by experienced environmental educators, help students understand how environmental topics are interconnected. In-class lessons and field trips covering the topics of Waste Reduction, Water Quality, Composting, and School Gardens are available for public and private schools, community youth groups, and camp programs.

To schedule, call 805 884-0459 x 16 or email

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