Welcome + introduction
Garden tour and tasting
Hands-on activity stations
Lunch + reflection


Each year, we host 32 free field trips for 3rd - 5th grade students, sponsored by the SFPUC. Inquire about the program here.


In addition, we offer private field trips for groups of up to 30 youth on weekdays from 10am - 1pm (depending on availability). Program fees start at $500.

Garden for the Environment is a dynamic outdoor classroom with demonstration areas covering a wide variety of topics. Nature exists in the middle of the city and our one-half acre garden shares space with hundreds of plants, birds, and bugs. In an increasingly academic and technological world, we believe outdoor education is vital and valuable. Our field trip program helps urban youth gain a deeper connection to nature through hands-on gardening activities.

Youth groups are also welcome to visit the garden for self-guided tours, but please email us in advance so that we can make sure there are no event conflicts. We are not able to give garden tasks to visiting groups and ask all visitors to please be respectful of our regular programming.

Students learn about a range of garden topics like composting, insects, water-wise and native plants, and edible plants.

We choose two or three garden work activities based on the skill level and interest of each group, creating the opportunity for youth to connect to the natural world and each other by doing real work that benefits the garden. 

Students help collect plant material to put into the compost, turn the compost pile, search for worms, plant seeds and seedlings, spread mulch on the soil, and much more. Our diverse perennial garden is a place to show how native peoples, and people around the world today, use plants for food, medicine, art, and materials.

We offer internship opportunities with our youth field trips, where interns will receive training and practice teaching in an outdoor environment. Click here for more information about Youth Education Internships.

Spring Program February - May
Fall Program September - November

I’ve been on a lot of field trips, I have a son in 8th grade, and this is the best field trip I’ve ever been on.
— 3rd grade parent, McKinley Elementary School
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I have brought my class for years to the wonderful Garden for the Environment. It is one of the only places in our city (and the broader Bay Area), where kids can learn about sustainability and take this knowledge to their various home communities to spread the wealth… Garden for the Environment, and its instructors make kids rich with the knowledge that we are connected to the world and life… that what we do effects our very lives and the lives (both human and animal) around us.
— Aaron Hall, Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy