An extension of our popular Garden Camp program, Garden After-School (ASP) will provide engaging, all-outdoor afternoon activity for children in grades K-5. The ASP's goal is to foster and support a lifelong love of learning and nature and provide a nurturing, safe setting for positive social-emotional development with peers in nature.
Garden After-School will connect children to plants through a combination of structured, themed activities and open-ended time to develop curiosity, initiative, imagination, and creativity. Activities will revolve around four main themes; gardening, art, wellness, and ecology.
2023 Garden After-School Upcoming Session
Dates: January 3 - June 2
Regular Hours: 2pm-5pm
Wednesday Hours: 1pm-5pm
Drop-off window: 2:00-2:45pm
Wednesday Drop-off: 1:00-1:30pm
Pick-up window: 4:45-5:10pm
Readily Available Plans
5 Day (M-F)
3 Day (MWF or TWT)
2 Day (Wednesday+)
*None of these plans work for you? We're flexible! Email email@example.com to figure out your personalized flexible schedule, or to join us by the month.*
Students in our After School program love to get their hands dirty! During our frequent trips to the Children's Garden, our students plant and tend to seeds, help pull weeds and mulch, and sometimes even sample the treats that we've grown!
Creative Free Play
After a long day in school, we know just how important it is for some free time! In Garden After School, our creativity is fueled by how we immerse ourselves in nature. We love making up our own games, building in the Fort Forest and the Mud Kitchen, and exploring our favorite gardens.
This semester our students are introducing the practice of nature journaling into their daily routines. Nature journaling helps us slow down and observe our surroundings, allowing us to practice mindfulness while still engaging with the Garden.
Local Field Trips
Throughout the semester our students take trips to some nearby places within walking distance. Last semester we visited the Japanese Tea Garden, rode the SkyStar Wheel, and played at Mother's Meadow. This semester we plan to do some of the same, and more!
And so much more!
Our Garden Guardians always find something to do around our 55 beautiful acres! Between pond studies, playing marbles in the Redwood Grove, crafting clay pollinators, enjoying Banana Tag, making leaf boats... it's hard to say what your student's favorite part will be.
Holidays (No Program)
The program will follow SFUSD’s school calendar and will not meet on the following:
Monday, January 2
Monday, January 16
Monday, January 23
Monday, February 20
Week of March 27 through 31
Monday, May 29
Walking School Bus
Jefferson Elementary School
We will be providing a Walking School Bus (WSB) from Jefferson ES. Our WSB is staffed by at least 2 Garden Camp counselors who maintain a safe route and wear neon safety vests to make themselves more visible.
More information, including route, will be shared with participants.
Garden After-School pauses in June and resumes in August.
For more information our our Garden Camp summer program, please click here.