Save the Date! Area 5.1 and Kalyra Golf Tournament Benefits Explore Ecology

Explore Ecology has been chosen to be the recipient for the 14th Annual Area 5.1 and Kalyra Golf Tournament at the Glen Annie Golf Club. Join us for this fun fundraiser.

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The event  includes a great course, super fun competition, fab food and wine, good friends, lots of beverages, and cool prizes. The $150 Entry Fee includes golf, cart, on course competitions, a full BBQ dinner with wine, on course food and beverages, and prizes. 4 person scramble. Gross and net team prizes.

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If you’re not a golfer, join us for Dinner at 6:00 pm. Tickets for the dinner only are $40 per person.

Book your team or individual spot by contacting Martin or call Area 5.1 at (805) 770 – 7251 or email at info@a51wine.com

Enjoy a day on the green and support your favorite environmental education and arts nonprofit!

 

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The Benefits of Composting

Hello! My name is Adrian and I am an Environmental and Garden Educator at Explore Ecology.  What really lured me to working at Explore Ecology was the opportunity to garden as much as I want!

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I studied hydrology at UCSB and have a love for the environment that also complements Explore Ecology’s themes and my work at the Watershed Resource Center quite nicely.

In late May I had the opportunity to go to San Marcos High School and talk to a couple of classes about composting- one of my favorite subjects. We talked about how composting helps to minimize the trash going to our landfill, creates new healthy soil, but most importantly doesn’t contribute methane to our atmosphere.

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When trash is in our landfill, an anaerobic condition is created and the bacteria that live in that environment create CH4 or methane as its waste.

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When we compost, an aerobic condition is created and the bacteria that thrive create a waste product of CO2. Yes, carbon dioxide is a a greenhouse gas, however methane is over 20 times more powerful in contributing to greenhouse gas effects.

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At the conclusion of our lesson we made compost buckets out of 5-gallon buckets stacked on top of each other.

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The kids had fun using the drills but had quite a laugh when it was time to grab the worms.  Which of course, I made them scoop up by hand. :-)

The children are our future and so is composting.

 

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Sea Glass Festival Gives Back to Explore Ecology

Do you love sea glass? Have you collected this colorful gift from the sea? Join other sea glass artists, collectors, and enthusiasts on September 10th and 11th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Santa Barbara Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The Santa Barbara Festival is one of three Sea Glass Festivals on the West Coast and the only one in Southern California. Each year, the Festival brings together juried artists from all over the country who will display and sell their one of a kind creations, ranging from jewelry to home decor. Festival goers will also have an opportunity to show their own collections of sea glass and to participate in a Sea Glass Treasure Contest with prizes going to top honors.

Karen Clark, Aesthetic Director of the Festival, says, “People will be amazed at the beauty of sea glass, local and from around the world. Its different colors and forms and how these talented artists create using treasures from the ocean. Ocean artists will be at the event as well, showing and selling their very unique creations.”

The Santa Barbara Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival Committee believes strongly in giving back to the community. Each year, they choose a nonprofit or school in Santa Barbara County to donate to. This year’s recipient is Explore Ecology and we are so excited!

 Karen Clark says, “It’s not only a great creative experience to take in, but the Festival is proud to give back to the community. Explore Ecology was the perfect fit to be this year’s recipient of our Giving Back program due to their connections to the arts and the ocean.”

The Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival takes place on September 10 & 11, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day at Warren Hall, Earl Warren Showgrounds. There will be an Early Bird Option Admission on Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am for those who want first viewing and first pick of the beautiful items at the Festival. Tickets are available online or at the door.

This year’s stellar lineup of speakers includes bestselling author Mary McCarthy who will be lecturing on Sea Glass Marbles from Around the World on both Saturday & Sunday and author Richard LaMotte who will introduce visitors to his new book The Lure of Sea Glass, Our Connection to Nature’s Gems.

Author Mary McCarthy on the Beach

We can’t wait to see you at the Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival in September!

 

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Explore Ecology School Gardens Will Flourish- Thank You, Garden Club of Santa Barbara

Research shows that children who grow their own food tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, have a greater understanding of ecology, and receive higher test scores in science. School gardens are more important than ever and thanks to the Garden Club of Santa Barbara, Explore Ecology’s School Gardens Program will continue to grow.

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Happy Gardeners!

Explore Ecology has been awarded a $12,250 grant from the Garden Club of Santa Barbara to support irrigation updates and training in thirty school gardens. With current drought conditions, efficient irrigation systems have never been more important. The grant ensures that the Explore Ecology School Gardens Program can continue to provide students the opportunity to receive outdoor education in well-tended, beautiful school gardens.

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School Garden

The Explore Ecology School Gardens Program currently serves approximately 10,000 elementary age students in 30 schools. Fourteen Garden Educators teach lessons in each garden about composting, organic gardening, nutrition, healthy food choices, and science.

The Garden Club of Santa Barbara has supported school gardens since the early 1900’s. One of their first projects in 1917 was to donate seeds to schools. Explore Ecology is the only project they have supported on an annual basis since early 2000.

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Some Members of the Garden Club

For 25 years, Explore Ecology has been a vital force for garden education. We appreciate the Garden Club of Santa Barbara and say thank you on behalf of all the children who will be working, learning, and playing in our school gardens!

 

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Art From Scrap’s New Store Hours and Eco Boutique

A beloved community resource for over 25 years, the Art From Scrap Creative Reuse Store has NEW hours. We listened to customer feedback and have changed our store hours so YOU can shop more conveniently. Our New Hours are 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sundays.

AFS Creative Reuse Store- Kelsey Crews Photo

AFS Creative Reuse Store- Kelsey Crews Photo

And that’s not all… We’re proud to provide another great way to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle for our Santa Barbara Community. Introducing the new Art From Scrap Eco-Boutique, a tiny store within our store! The AFS Eco Boutique will  feature the work of local artists and craftspeople who take the environment into consideration when creating their work.

AFS Eco Boutique

AFS Eco Boutique

We’re thrilled to support local artists with yet another way to showcase their art. If you are interested in having your work in the AFS Eco Boutique, contact us at 805-884-0459 x11.

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Introducing the New and Improved Adelante School Garden

After many months of good design and hard work, Leadership Santa Barbara County and Explore Ecology unveiled the beautiful, new, and improved garden spaces at Adelante Charter School. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Dedication took place in Santa Barbara on Friday, May 13th.

Alex Bereda, School Gardens Director, Talking to Crowd

Alex Bereda, School Gardens Director, Talking to Crowd       (Photo- Jill Cloutier)

Each year, Leadership Santa Barbara County (LSBC) chooses a Community Service Project. Working with Alex Bereda, Explore Ecology’s School Gardens Program Director, participants in the LSBC project revitalized Adelante’s school garden and outdoor learning space.

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Ribbon Cutting at Adelante    (Photo – Jill Cloutier)

LSBC classes seek projects where they can have hands-on experience in addition to raising funds and awareness. Past LSBC class projects include a Chicken Coop for Fairview Gardens Educational Program, Onsite Mini-Libraries for the Housing Authority of SB, and a Playground for Isla Vista Youth Projects.

LSBC Student Hard at Work

LSBC Student Hard at Work       (Photo- Sam Dickinson)

The Explore Ecology School Gardens Program currently serves approximately 10,000 students in thirty schools, in five school districts throughout Santa Barbara County. The School Gardens Program connects students to their food and their environment through hands on, meaningful lessons in the outdoor garden classroom.The new garden areas at Adelante will be used as outdoor classrooms where students learn about organic gardening, composting, and other nature-related topics.

Crystal Franco, Garden Educator   (Photo- Jill Cloutier)

Crystal Franco, Garden Educator (Photo- Jill Cloutier)

The Adelante School Garden Project wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the partners and sponsors that made it such a success. Special thanks to the Teacher’s Fund, Los Agaves Restaurant,  Mandala Gardens, Milpas Rental, Allen Construction, and Kidzmet.

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