Learn About Nature
Kids are easily inspired by nature. From buzzing bees making honey to lakes and rivers sheltering fish to vegetable gardens feeding families, the natural world is ripe with educational opportunities. Our Youth Education Department offers classes and special events that serve families with children of various ages, including preschoolers and elementary school students.
Natural Science Classroom
The Natural Science Classroom (NSC) offers organized, group classes for students in kindergarten through grade five. Highly-interactive and with a custom curriculum designed by The Gardens’ education team, these programs can be held in the classroom at individual schools or at The Gardens as part of a field trip.
Nature Explorers offers once-a-week “parent & child” classes at The Gardens focused on interacting with nature through teacher-led, hands-on activities, stories and songs. Designed for toddlers and preschoolers ages two to five, these programs also provide snacks and a social atmosphere for both parents/caregivers and kids.
Contra Costa Water District
In partnership with Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), The Gardens offers educational field trips for elementary grades three through five which focus on the process by which water flows through our local environment, from snow pack to kitchen sink. Programs are offered off-site at two county water treatment plants (in Concord and Oakley) as well as at the Interpretive Center at Los Vaqueros Watershed (Brentwood).
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”Albert Einstein
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