child gardening

Recommended for Grades 2-4

A garden is a way the land says, “I love you.” – Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

With your hands in the earth, your heart will fill with gratitude and wonder as you learn how to grow your own organic food in the garden. Learn about crop selection, planting, cultivating, transplanting, harvesting, composting, soil health and more.

Choose one of the following hands-on activities:

  • Seeds: Plant and save seeds to take home
  • Composting: Study soil health; learn composting basics; explore vermicomposting
  • Garden to Table: Preserve, cook, and share seasonally available produce from local farms and/or plants harvested from the garden. Recipes may be raw or cooked, and allergy-friendly by request.
ecological gardening seed planting
children learning about composting

Field Trip Details

Length of Trip: 3-5 hours (3 hour minimum)

Location: Most field trips will meet at Big Oak Canyon, our 39-acre property in Silverado Canyon. We are also available to meet at Orange County based wilderness parks, regional parks, or beaches. If you are interested in Earthroots instructors coming to your school or group gathering, we encourage you to check out our Earthroots Comes to You experiences. Otherwise, we look forward to welcoming you at Big Oak Canyon where you’ll step into a land of mature oak woodlands, a seasonal flowing creek, sagebrush hillsides, an orchard, and gardens. Our property connects to the Cleveland National Forest, with trails extending into steep hillsides with sweeping canyon views.


Field Trip Fees

(7 person, 3-hour minimum)

$15 per student per hour, for groups of 7-15 

$12 per student per hour, for groups of 16-30

$10 per student per hour, for groups of 31-50

Don’t see your group size listed here?


Indicate how many students you would like to bring for a field trip on the field trip request form.
There is no fee for parent and teacher chaperones, as long as attending chaperones are fully engaged participants.

*Recommended chaperone to student ratio is no more than 1:10. 


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