Ecological Restoration Field Skills (ENV S 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. Below are the 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.

Winter 2017 Schedule

Jan 9 - Jan 13 Orientation/Collections Tour
Andy Lanes
1013 Harder
South/ CCBER
Jan 16 - Jan 20 Research/Project Design Lisa Stratton Parking Lot 5
Jan 23 - Jan 27 Regional Ethnobotany/History Wayne Chapman CCBER Greenhouse
Jan 30 - Feb 3 Site Preparation/Planning Darwin Richardson North Parcel
Feb 6 - Feb 10 Plant ID/Sourcing Justin Luong

CCBER Room 1013
Feb 13 - Feb 17 Plant Propagation Wayne Chapman CCBER Greenhouse
Feb 20 - Feb 24 Small Scale Strategies Lauren Dykman West Depression
Feb 27 - Mar 3 Wildlife Monitoring/Bird ID Beau Tindall Devereux Bridge
Mar 6 - Mar 10 Site Management/Monitoring Andy Lanes Manzanita Village
Mar 13 - Mar 17 Restoration Field Day Darwin Richardson South Parcel


Directions to Meeting Locations:

North Parcel: 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, Rachel Davis ( to find out more information.

Departmental Contacts





Leslie Campbell


Mike Tucker


Eric Zimmerman


Kathy Davis