The Santa Monica Creek Trail beautification project is seeking volunteers and donations to continue native plant and habitat restoration. The project was initiated in the Fall of 2017 and was designed to improve habitat for pollinators. The first two years saw the removal of many weeds and the planting of 200 native species of wildflowers and shrubs. As a result, there is a larger population and more diverse species of pollinators in the area. Last week, another 200 native species were planted.

This project is all volunteer and donation-funded. So far, the project has received generous donations from Yes Yes Nursery (native plants), S & S Seeds (native wildflower seeds), Abe Nursery (native plants) and the Santa Barbara Garden Club (additional volunteers).

The project is being accelerated due to the imperiled pollinators that continue to struggle for habitat and the desire to beautify this corridor with more wildflowers and more butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and birds. Consequently, many more California native plants are needed.

Local resident Ray Kolbe has initiated a GoFundMe to purchase additional native plants for this project. This is an opportunity to help beautify our small community, and bring more butterflies, birds, bees and hummingbirds by building habitat. For more information or to volunteer contact Ray Kolbe at (805) 705-3429. Donate by visiting

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