Our field trip programs allow youth to experience the outdoors and learn about what it takes to grow a sustainable garden. Students go on a garden tour, taste veggies, hold worms, and help care for the garden with engaging hands-on activities.
We’re looking for Fall 2019 Education Interns!
Youth interns will receive training from experienced GFE staff while practicing sustainable gardening and teaching in an outdoor environment.
Fall Program: October - December
Spring Program: February - May
YOUTH FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCE
Welcome + introduction
Garden tour and tasting
Hands-on activity stations
Lunch + reflection
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Each year, we host 32 free field trips for 3rd - 5th grade students, sponsored by the SFPUC.
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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 youth in the city 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.
Gardening for the environment connects creatively with all disciplines – arts, literature, sciences, health and culture. It connects people in a beautiful way. It is universal.
Youth have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the garden, connecting with the natural world and each other, creating real, beneficial impact and life skills to take with them after they leave.
Based on the interests and level of each group, we provide two or three hands-on activities in garden exploration and/or garden care.
During our field trips, students help to maintain the compost system for healthy soil (collect plant material, chop, mix, sift), search for worms and other decomposers, plant seeds and seedlings, spread mulch, explore water-wise gardening and much more.
In learning how the garden takes care of us, students explore perennial spaces demonstrating how native peoples, and people around the world today, use plants for food, medicine, art, and materials.