8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Additional $45 fee applies
In December of 2017 in Santa Barbara County, the Thomas Fire burned the hillsides above Montecito and Carpinteria, in what was the largest fire in California history at the time. On January 9, 2018 a storm brought rain intensities that triggered massive debris flows that brought 2 million cubic feet of debris into these communities, resulting in the loss of 23 lives, damage and loss of 100s of structures, and freeway closures lasting 12 days. Over a year and a half later, tour the disaster area in recovery. The tour will feature, among other things, the Countys debris basin system where we will learn about what its Flood Control District is doing to keep the community safe. The tour also features speakers from various community organizations that played important roles in providing disaster relief and initiating planning efforts aimed at increasing community resilience and preventing similar disasters.
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Additional $85 fee applies
Visit the place where Northern and Southern California meet. This 24,000-acre property is a place few have had the opportunity to see. The Dangermond Preserve (formerly Bixby Ranch) was purchased by The Nature Conservancy in December 2017 with a $165 million gift from Jack and Laura Dangermond, the largest philanthropic gift in the organization's history. Learn about the planning process The Nature Conservancy is undertaking to understand all that is contained on this special place, how to bring into balance and protect the various resources from ecological, cultural, and historical perspectives, and to develop a comprehensive plan that will shape the long-term use and management of the new preserve. Includes lunch.
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Additional $75 fee applies
A docent-led tour of Lotusland, a unique private garden within a residential area of Montecito. Learn about the history, plants, designers, and the Conditional Use Permit required to keep the operations compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. www.lotusland.org
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Additional $35 fee applies
Designed in 1924 by the world-renowned Olmsted Brothers, approximately two miles of Santa Barbaras East Cabrillo Boulevard comprise the national, state, and locally eligible East Cabrillo Boulevard Historic District. In this walking tour of East Cabrillo Boulevard, participants will learn about the history of this historic designed landscape. Planned stops along the way will focus on the character-defining features of the historic district and highlight historical points of interest. Participants will walk East Cabrillo Boulevard with professionals who have worked to implement projects within the boundaries of the district. In addition to its history, conversation will focus on the current state and future planned development of the area.