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.
My Talk with Botanist and Illustrator Linda Vorobik, Ph.D.
Linda Ann Vorobik, Ph.D. is a botanist, botanical illustrator, and frequent collaborator with Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. At the Garden, we feel lucky to have…
After the Rains: California’s Rain Season
The 2023 rainy season has been marked by a series of atmospheric rivers that have brought abundant moisture to California. With this, the Garden experienced…
Another Way to Listen: Forest Bathing and Nature Connection
I’ve been told tales of people who can hear things in nature that most of us would call “silent.” It’s not just that they have…
Winter Birds and Where to Find Them
In southern California, the shift between seasons can be to which birds are and are not present in our yards, Gardens, subtle. With freezing temperatures…
Nature Educators Provide Transformative Experiences
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is constantly renewing its commitment to connecting people with the remarkable native flora of California and specifically the Central Coast.…