Registration for the 2019 season is closed.
April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2019
Students $25 | Teachers and Chaperones $10
(Includes hot lunch. Grades k-5 participants only. No babies, or toddlers please.)
Explore the park as Gilroy Gardens Docents lead groups of students through presentation, investigation and experimentation models in life and earth sciences. Student groups will be divided by grade: K-2 and 3-5. Availability limited, dates sell out.
- 3 hours of directed education
- 6 grade-appropriate learning stations
- Workbooks for each student provided on arrival
- Nature Detective Certificate for each student with a discount offer to return on another public operating day
- Pre and post-visit classroom activities
|8:30am - 9:00am||
Arrive and meet with Group Leaders
|9:00am - 12:00pm||Students rotate through 6 learning stations|
|Hot lunch served in Picnic Grove|
|12:30pm - 5:00pm||Schools are free to enjoy the park|
Note: Park is open to the public 11am-5pm.
Look at the anatomy of a flower under a microscope, discover which rocks can float in water, meet the animals in the food chain and find the food you eat. At a Natural Science Day, learning is fun!
Who Looks Like Who?
At this presentation station K-2 students learn about characteristics of native California birds and animals and which characteristics are inherited or environmental.
Create A Food Chain
A presentational station for grade 3-5 students where they learn about the Food Chain as they are introduced to native California animals and how they interact within our local ecosystem.
Recycling Earth's Resources
At this presentation station, K-2 students will learn about recycling, why it is good for our environment, and understand that many resources can be conserved.
Worms Eat Our Garbage
A presentation station, grade 3-5 students will learn about composting, why it is good for our environment and how decomposers fit into the food chain.
Students will learn the parts of a plant by actively identifying from live examples at this interactive station.
Different Types of Rocks
At this experimentation station, K-2 will sort and compare various types of rocks and record their observations.
An experimentation station, grade 3-5 students will conduct an experiment on various types of rocks found in the local area recording first their predictions and then their results.
Trees With Funny Shapes
Students learn the difference between natural tree adaptations and man's ability to shape nature, using our ornamental conifer garden as a living example at this investigation station.
Find the Food You Eat
At this investigation station, students will learn about the many different foods we eat that grow in a tropical environment, and will search for living examples of the food they eat in a tropical greenhouse.