K-12 Virtual Engagement 

Schedule a docent to visit your virtual classroom and take your students on a learning adventure to remember!

The Garden offers live Zoom sessions with a trained docent host. Docents provide an introduction to the topic, followed by a series of pre-recorded video clips filmed in the Garden’s spectacular, 34-acre collection of plants. Docents engage students after each video clip with a live Q&A, plus additional Q&A at the end when time allows. Each presentation includes ~6, 3-minute videos.

Zoom Sessions are being provided free of charge for Title 1 schools.

In-person Presentations in Classrooms 

Docents can travel to nearby school for in-person presentations with limited availability. Please inquire with the Volunteer & Tour Scheduler (gardentours@berkeley.edu) for more information. Fees for in-classroom presentations are $75 for one presentation or $60 each for two or three presentations given on the same day.

K-12 Virtual Engagement Presentations Topics

Botany on Your Plate – Grades Kindergarten & up

Investigate a collection of nutritious roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit, and seeds and see how they grow in the Garden’s Crops of the World Garden. Students will learn about healthy eating, the function of each plant part, and see what plants look like before they reach the grocery store.

 

Discovering Flowers & Plants – Grades Kindergarten & up

Develop your powers of observation as you learn about roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, and the life cycles of plants. See examples of these plant parts from six plant communities around the world.

 

CA Natives Plants & People – Grades 3 & up

Get an introduction to California native plants from different plant communities, and see how they grow in the the Garden’s extensive California Collection! Learn about how California Indians use these plants in their everyday lives for food, shelter, clothing, tools, medicine, fiber, music, toys and games.

Schedule a K-12 Virtual Presentation

Contact gardentours@berkeley.edu for more information.