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.

Preschool Program:

Nature Explorers

Nature Explorers offers weekly “parent & child” engagement focused on interacting with nature through teacher-led, hands-on activities, stories and songs. Our diverse garden landscape is the perfect outdoor classroom for fun, nature-oriented learning, and a social atmosphere for both parents/caregivers and kids. Registration for 2022 is NOW open!!

School Programs:

Natural Science Classroom (Grades K-8)

The Natural Science Classroom (NSC) offers organized environmental science classes both in the classroom and at The Gardens. Highly-interactive with a custom NGSS aligned curriculum designed by The Gardens’ education team. Our programs feature key study areas such as geology, plant anatomy, composting, and wildlife habitats and can be held virtually, in the classroom at individual schools, or at The Gardens as part of a field trip. For TK-8 grades.

Contra Costa Water District (Grades 3-5)

In partnership with Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), we offer programs 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) and at the Interpretive Center at Los Vaqueros Watershed (Brentwood).

RecycleSmart (Grades K-8)

In partnership with Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, we offer 1 free composting program for classes in grades TK-8. The RecycleSmart program focuses on bringing composting and recycling to schools in their service area. A limited amount of classes are available so book soon! Your school must be in the CCCSWA service area to qualify. Click here to see a map of their service area.

Click here to purchase a gift card for a teacher in your life to explore the wonders of science with their students

Call (925) 323-3214
Email Us at Education@gardenshf.org

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein

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