Day Trips

Oso Flaco Lake Day Trip

Steve Junak
Oso Flaco Lake
June 2, 2023
9:00AM - 1:00PM

Experience the wildflowers of Oso Flaco Lake, located at the border of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, with botanist Steve Junak. Learn about the rich history of the area while enjoying freshwater lakes nestled in the sand dunes just inland from a spectacular wild shoreline. This field trip will have an emphasis on identification of wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and ecology of the area.

Layered clothing, a hat (and sunscreen), and sturdy shoes for walking are highly recommended. Participants will meet at the parking lot near the entrance to the park. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before the walks begins.

Please note that dogs are not permitted in the day use area of Oso Flaco Lake including the trails, boardwalk and beach.

If you have questions about the classes, or need assistance with registration, please contact the Education Program Assistant: or 805-682-4726, ext. 102


Garden members: $30

General Public: $40

Please note there is a $5.00 day use parking fee per vehicle and this is not included in the cost of the class.

About Steve Junak:

Steve Junak is the Garden’s Herbarium Curator emeritus, is an active researcher and expert on the flora of the islands of California and Baja California.  He holds an M.A. in botany, has led field trips for more than 25 years, and has co-authored several books on the Channel Islands. Look for Steve’s trips to the Channel Islands for unique botanical experiences.

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