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California Native Plant Society - Native Plant School Garden Program
San Diego CNPS has developed a new Native Plant School Gardens program to provide resources to teachers, parents, and students interested in installing native gardens at their schools. Native gardens are becoming a popular addition in elementary and secondary schools statewide, providing hands-on education in the subjects of native wildlife, ethnobotanical uses of local plants, habitat types, and water conservation, as well as the local history and natural beauty of San Diego County.
California Rare Fruit Growers
To encourage and foster public and scientific interest, research, education in and the preservation of rare fruit plants that have edible seeds, fruits, leaves, stems or roots and are not commonly grown commercially. The furtherance and encouragement of these activities shall be for the benefit of the public rather than commercial interests.
Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden
Visit the xeriscape demonstration garden, look at state-of-the art irrigation systems, drought tolerant plants and turf varieties.
Flower Fields
Trained docents act as tour guides at the Flower Fields and travel to schools to teach growing methods of bulbs and flowers.
Green Machine, San Diego County Office of Education
The "Green Machine" is a hands-on interactive learning program brought directly into your classroom. Included are: A soils research station (complete with live earthworms) An integrated pest management station (complete with role play scenarios and puppets) A water cycle station (complete with dramatic role play and costumes) Musical and dramatic wrap-up designed to reinforce the learning Comprehensive teacher packet complete with pre and post "Green Machine" activities
Harvest of the Month
Tool Kit and website with strategies designed to motivate students to increase consumption and enjoyment of a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and to engage in physical activity every day.
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
Olivewood Gardens provides standards-based in science and nutrition education, lessons in sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship. At Olivewood Gardens children and parents explore connections between plants, history, science, art, literature, math, and nutrition where learning is centered within the context of organic gardens and a demonstration kitchen. Fruits and vegetables are grown and harvested for nutrition classes, cooking demonstrations, and environmental education workshops. Learning is centered within the context of organic gardens and a kitchen.
Plant-Grow-Eat program
San Diego Fair staff delivers seeds, soil and pots to grades kindergarten through sixth at schools on year-round programs. The kids grow their plants and then bring them to the Fair one day on a school field trip. The plants (radishes, herbs, lettuce, flowers, etc.) are awarded ribbons at The Farm, located in the Infield.
San Diego Agriculture in the Classroom
Ag in the Classroom is all about the kids, their education, and the future of agriculture. SDAITC provides teachers with the tools they need to educate our youth on the importance of agriculture in our community. Provides grants for school gardens.
San Diego Botanic Garden
Hamilton Children's Garden - San Diego Botanic Garden offers three ways for groups to connect with plants and nature in an outdoor experience: individual class field trips; Docent-led general tours; and self-guided group visits. Field trips to the San Diego Botanic Garden are designed to help teachers reinforce the California Standards of Learning.
The Butterfly Site
Information on plants to attract butterflies and a state-by-state guide to butterflies and their host plants.
The Monarch Program
Monarch butterfly museum, vivarium, and greenhouse of host plants.