Ecological Restoration Field Skills (ENVS 95)

Join us in restoring UCSB campus natural areas for local plants and wildlife through an internship with CCBER. Classes are currently offered during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. Students will gain valuable hands-on field experience restoring native wetland, coastal sage scrub, grassland, and oak woodland habitats. Learn about local plants and animals, earn course credit, meet environmental professionals in your community, and enjoy a beautiful outdoor working environment!

Each week throughout the quarter will focus on a specific restoration theme. Students will have the opportunity to visit multiple restoration sites, gain hands-on experience and learn from all the CCBER staff throughout the quarter. Listed below are the typical topics, schedule, and meeting locations.

Course Requirements

The Ecological Restoration Field Skills Course is open to all academic levels and majors. Add codes from the instructor are required.

All students must complete the following for 1 unit of credit:

  • 3 hours of field work/week
  • Compile a restoration journal throughout the quarter

What you will need

  • Closed toed shoes
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Sunscreen/hat/water      

For those who are enrolled in the class, please visit GauchoSpace for the course syllabus and updates:

CCBER has multiple internship and volunteer opportunities. We offer this formal restoration course approved for credit with UCSB.


Week Topic Location
Week 1 Orientation/Collections Tour
CCBER Library - Harder South
Week 2 Research/Project Design Parking Lot 5
Week 3 Regional Ethnobotany/History CCBER Greenhouse
Week 4 Site Preparation/Planning North Campus Open Space
Week 5 Plant ID/Sourcing CCBER Library - Harder South
Week 6 Plant Propagation CCBER Greenhouse
Week 7 Small Scale Strategies West Depression
Week 8 Wildlife Monitoring/Bird ID Devereux Bridge
Week 9 Site Management/Monitoring Manzanita Village
Week 10 Restoration Field Day CCBER Restoration Project Site

Directions to Meeting Locations:

North Campus Open Space: From Main Campus, take El Colegio Rd towards Storke Rd. Make a right on Storke Road. Turn left on Phelps Road. Continue until Phelps dead ends. Meet at the intersection of Phelps Road and Cannon Green Drive.

Greenhouse: From Harder Stadium take the maintenance road on the north end of Lot 38. Make a right on the 2nd dirt road and continue passed the Community Gardens greenhouse. Meet at the end of the road.

South Parcel: From Main Campus, take El Colegio Rd towards Storke Rd. Make a right on Storke Road. Make a left onto Venoco Rd (open white gate) after the Family Student Housing. Follow the road until you reach a black gate. Meet at the bridge that is passed the gate.

San Clemente: Meet at the western end of Parking Lot 38 by the trail

References and Resources

For More Information

Please contact the Intern and Volunteer Coordinator, Andy Lanes ( to find out more information.

Departmental Contacts





Leslie Campbell


Mike Tucker


Eric Zimmerman


Kathy Davis