Scot Pipkin

Scot oversees the Garden’s educational programs, spanning school field trips, interpretation, digital education, and community classes/tours.

As director of education, Scot Pipkin oversees Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s educational programs, spanning school field trips, interpretation, digital education, and community classes/tours. He was born and raised in San Diego, where he fell in love with California’s chaparral and other plant communities. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in geography and an emphasis in biogeography, Pipkin worked to share his love for the natural world across the Southwest region. This work included providing environmental education to elementary students, training volunteers to participate in research projects, developing management plans, and developing regional educational efforts. Along the way, he also earned a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Arizona.  

Director of Education