Local Ecology

Overview
Map by plant community.

Local Ecology
Native California Plant Garden

Our garden, located behind the Ocean Institute’s main facilities, features six communities of plants native to coastal Southern California. This garden acts as a home and food source to small animals while providing pollen to birds and insects alike.

Read more about the species and communities below. 

Created by Kayla Paige, Summer Intern 2016

General information

Species Profiles

California Sagebrush

(Artemisia californica)

California Sagebrush

General information

Communities

Channel Islands

Community Traits

The climate of the Channel Islands is moderated by wind moving the cool, wet ocean air. These islands, like much of coastal Southern California,  have a Mediterranean ecosystem. Our garden displays only a taste of what the Channel Islands have to offer as the islands themselves are home to twelve distinct plant communities.