The College Hill Learning Garden is an education and demonstration garden designed to teach local students about how they can help cities transition to ecologically friendly water, food, energy, and waste systems. Open to the public since April 2016, the garden is owned, maintained, and operated by the SFPUC.
The Learning Garden contains dozens of interactive features, including a turtle pond, beehives, solar panels, a composting toilet, rain gardens, vegetable planters, and more. Located just off of Cortland Avenue in the Bernal Heights neighborhood, the site’s physical landscape was co-designed with the program's unique curriculum.
College Hill Learning Garden is available for class field trips, summer programs, and group tours and can accommodate up to 40 students (special arrangements can be made for larger groups). Field trips generally last two to three hours, while summer programs are 90 minutes long; both are free to any public school or organization serving public school students. Group tours of the garden can be requested for any group (student or adult), last 1 hour, and are available on Mondays and Fridays. See the events calendar below for all available dates and times.
The Urban Stewards Program
The Urban Stewards Program is based on eight unique topics, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and SFPUC Big Ideas. Classes are encouraged to come for the full series over the course of a school year or summer, but are also welcome to schedule just one field trip, a 3-part series, or a custom series designed to suit specific learning objectives.
The Urban Stewards Program topics are:
Ready to book your field trip or tour of the garden?
See the event calendar below for available dates and times, and to complete an online request form. An educator will contact you once your request has been received to coordinate further.
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Field Trip Requests