Junior Botanist Program

The Junior Botanist Program is a new educational experience that gives students and their families the opportunity to enjoy an informative visit to Lotusland free of charge. In keeping with a tradition of more than two decades of fourth grade education, this new program pivot provides a way for students to experience the open-air laboratory of Lotusland in our socially distanced era, and allows Lotusland to share our passion for life science education.

Using a newly developed activity guide, fourth grade students learn about the fascinating world of plant adaptations as they lead their family through the gardens on a quest to become a Junior Botanists. Guided by an illustrated character Begonia the Botanist, students visit plants from all around the world as they try to help Begonia answer the question “Why are there so many kinds of plants in the world?” This family-friendly program gives everyone the chance to enjoy time together away from screens, immersed in the natural beauty of Lotusland.

The program is open to currently enrolled fourth grade students in Santa Barbara County only
and is offered free of charge on select days during the school year.
For more information contact Gillian Connor, Junior Botanist Program Coordinator
gconnor@lotusland.org, 805.969.3767, ext. 107.

Sincere thanks to the generosity of the program sponsors:

American Riviera Bank
Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation
Mark Livanec, El Camino Ventures
John C. Mithun Foundation, directed by Mercedes Millington and Jack Mithun Steven
Marsha Nathanson