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South Coast botanic garden announces addition of new area specifically oriented towards younger visitors

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
An artist's rendering of one of the ten unique areas planned as part of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's new four acre "Backcountry" area opening in June.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden adding four acre "Backcountry" garden west of Mission Creek.

A South Coast botanic garden has announced a major expansion project, one focused on younger visitors.

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is adding a four acre “Backcountry” garden west of Mission Creek that’s specifically aimed at kids. It will include 10 unique interactive areas.

The activities aimed at five to 13-year-old kids will include things like climbing over logs, navigating a maze, and fossil hunting. The Botanic Garden will have what it’s calling “Backcountry Rangers” to help guide kids through the experience.

The $4 million project is set to open in June of 2022. It will add to the more than five miles of trails in the 78 acre garden.