| Adaptations in a Changing World
Students explore adaptations that allow plants to thrive in desert-like environments. Through observation in the Desert Garden, students will learn how plants’ color, shape, and surface texture can be adaptive and to predict how plant forms help them function in a changing environment.
Grade Levels: 3 – 6
Accommodates: 70 students maximum
Offered on: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
Students explore the intersection between wild and urban landscapes, soil health, and nutrition through hands-on activities. The program utilizes The Huntington’s Ranch, an ecosystem-based experimental research garden that is closed to the public and specializes in edible landscapes and native, drought-tolerant plants. Students are instructed by an accomplished food anthropologist with a background in farming, youth education, and culinary arts.
Grade Levels: 9 – 12
Accommodates: Maximum of 25 students
Offered on: 2nd and 4th Fridays
This program introduces students to traditional Japanese gardens as an art form and contrasts them with traditional European-style gardens. Students will visit a 19th-century Japanese house and examine garden sculpture, a Zen garden, and plants native to Japan.
Grade Levels: 4 – 12
Accommodates: 40 students maximum
Offered on: Wednesdays and 2nd & 4th Thursdays
| Poetry in the Chinese Garden
Using poetry as an entry point to the culture of Chinese gardens, students immerse themselves in the garden experience. They compare Chinese and Western landscape styles, learn about the role of literature in the garden, and create and share their own two-line poems inspired by what they see.
Grade Levels: 4 – 12
Accommodates: 60 students maximum
Offered on: Thursdays
Students discover the joys of sensory learning while visiting stations on roots, leaves, and seeds. Classes visit both the Teaching Greenhouse and the Conservatory for Botanical Science and plant their own seeds to take back to the classroom. Additional resources available on Seeds, Soil, and Surprises.
Grade Levels: K – 2
Accommodates: 50 students maximum
Offered on: Wednesdays and 1st & 3rd Fridays