Get Your California Native Trees at Explore Ecology

journal-228052_1920Explore Ecology is holding its first ever California Native Tree Sale outside of the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store. Trees for sale include White Alder, Giant Sequoia, CA Bay, Valley Oak, Black Walnut, and Button Willow. Native trees provide habitat for native animals, attract native pollinators, and are more adapted to growing in our Mediterranean climate.

The trees cost wholesale price- $50.00 each, plus tax. The best part? The proceeds benefit the Explore Ecology School Gardens Program.

treeGet your trees at the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store during Open Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 4pm.

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Spring Gardening Workshops at Explore Ecology

bee-100928_1280Are you getting your spring garden ready? Do you want to grow peppers and tomatoes and aren’t sure what varieties are best for our area? Come to the Spring Gardening workshops at Explore Ecology in downtown Santa Barbara.

fruit-192754_1920We’ve enlisted the help of expert gardener, composter, and grower Oscar Carmona, owner and operator of Healing Grounds Nursery, to teach you everything you need to know to get your garden growing. Oscar will share his secrets about how to have a thriving and healthy garden without the use of toxic pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides.

oscarThe Tomato and Pepper Workshop on Saturday, March 14th, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm will cover everything you need to know to grow the best tomatoes or peppers in your container or garden. Oscar will go over the 40 best tomato varieties. Many tried and true pepper varieties will be available for sale at the workshop. To get your tickets click here.

sweet-peppers-499075_1920Learn what to plant for an abundant harvest and basic organic and bio-dynamic gardening techniques in the Spring Gardening Strategies on Saturday, March 28th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. To get your tickets click here.

carrot-646108_1920Worm Composting Kits will be for sale at both workshops. The cost of each workshop is $10.00 and tickets are available online or at the door. 10% of the proceeds of workshops and plant and compost bin sales benefit the Explore Ecology School Gardens Program.

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Learn the Art of Mosaic Tile at Art From Scrap

gailLearn the art of mosaic tile with artist and environmentalist Gail Hercher Art From Scrap’s Mosaic Tile Trivet Workshop. Create a nine-inch tile trivet in this three hour workshop on Saturday, March 7th, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.


After a productive career as a printmaker and papermaker, Gail Hercher is now committed to creating mosaic art with a focus on using recycled, salvaged, and found objects. She no longer uses toxic inks, paint, or chemicals and believes this is better for the planet’s health as well as her own! Gail maintains a studio and teaches workshops in Ojai, CA.gail tilesJoin us in the Art From Scrap Workshop for creative classes taught by local artists. These workshops geared toward adults combine reuse ideals and artistic fun. All materials provided by Art From Scrap, but participants are welcome to bring additional items to work with.

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The wide variety of classes has something for everyone. No previous art experience necessary. All workshops include a glass of wine. Cost of the Tile Trivet Workshop is $35.00. Tickets are available online by clicking here or at the door.


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Worm Composting Workshop at Explore Ecology

Any time that we place compostable food scraps in the trash we are throwing away valuable natural resources. In Santa Barbara County, an estimated 700 tons of trash a day goes to our landfill and of that, about 40% is considered compostable. What happens to food scraps in the landfill? After being buried under layers of trash and dirt, food scraps begin to slowly decompose and emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) and methane- a potent climate change causing gas.

Food Scraps On Their Way to a Worm Bin

Food Scraps On Their Way to a Worm Bin

What to do? Compost!  Using red wiggler worms to compost your food scraps will turn your trash into treasure, save you money on gardening inputs, and will help you become part of the solution to climate change.  Worm composting is easy, doesn’t require a lot of space, tools, or materials and is a lot of fun. Finished compost is an excellent soil amendment. When you feed the soil with compost, you are improving soil tilth and providing plants with beneficial nutrients and microbes.

Learn how to compost using worms  in a Composting Workshop at Explore Ecology on Saturday, February 21, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Nursery will teach you how to create and take care of your own worm bin, harvest compost, and make and use compost tea.

Oscar Carmona, Healing Grounds Nursery

Oscar Carmona, Healing Grounds Nursery

The workshop is open to the public and costs $10.00 at the door. Buy your ticket now by clicking here. Complete worm composting kits and worms will be for sale at this event.

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Fun For The Whole Family- New Art From Scrap Workshop

The Art From Scrap (AFS) Workshop comes alive with a themed workshop every Saturday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Open to artists of all ages and abilities, the workshops take place in the AFS Art Center; located upstairs from the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store.

AFS Art Workshop 045Art From Scrap Workshops utilize the vast amount of materials found in our Creative ReUse Store. By making art out of discarded materials; resources are saved and imaginations are stoked. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Make Art! Come to an AFS workshop and unleash your inner eco-artist.

Our NEW Art From Scrap Workshop Schedule:

Feb 7 Animals & Habitats Guest Artist: Jason Summers
Feb 14 Valentine’s Day Art Hearts Guest Artist: Judy Nilsen
Feb 21 Wizard & Fairy Houses Guest Artist: Beth Amine
Feb 28 Automata- Machines That Move! Guest Artist: Laura Denny
March 7 Springs Into Things Guest Artist: Judy Nilsen
March 14 Sensational Space Ships Flying to Mars! Guest Artist: Geoffrey Barber
March 21 Catchers of the Light- Garden Sculptures Guest Artist: Jason Summers
March 28 Magical Mixed Media Insects Guest Artist: Laura Denny
April 4 Time Machines & Other Imaginary Inventions Guest Artist: Geoffrey Barber
April 11 Tiny Growing Vessels Guest Artist: Jason Summers
April 18 No Workshop
April 25 Roar! Assemblage Animals Guest Artist: Laura Denny
May 2 Board Games Guest Artist: Jason Summers
May 9 Mother’s Day Bouquets: Paper, Fabric, & Lace Guest Artist: Judy Nilsen
May 16 Pirate Treasure Chests Guest Artist: Beth Amine
May 23 Printing With Found Objects Guest Artist: Laura Denny
May 30 Puppets! Guest Artist: Judy Nilsen

You don’t need to make reservations. Only $8.00 per person. For more information call 805-884-0459 x11. All workshops at Art From Scrap at 302 East Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara.

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Art From Scrap Reuse Store Grand Re-Opening

store 4 - CopyJoin us on Friday, February 13th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a celebration of all things Art From Scrap at the Art From Scrap Store Grand Re-Opening!  We’re celebrating a new year, a new store, and a new Executive Director!

Lindsay Johnson, New Explore Ecology Director

Come meet our newly appointed Explore Ecology Executive Director Lindsay Johnson. Hear her vision for the future of Explore Ecology and its programs at 7:00 pm.

Come see the recently remodeled Art From Scrap Store- now designed for a better shopping experience. Program begins at 7:00 pm, bring a friend! Check out the new Art From Scrap Gallery Annex and Reuse Store Art Workshop space.

Visit the AFS Gallery upstairs for an Art Opening and Reception for Nature Literacy, featuring the work of naturalists and artists Mike Kresky and Ariana Rose Palmisano.


Art by Michael Kresky

Meet new friends and enjoy food, refreshments, and music.

2014 was our biggest year yet with even bigger things on the horizon in 2015. We’re excited about our positive changes and are looking forward to sharing them with you.

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