College Hill Learning Garden
College Hill Learning Garden will continue to provide field trips and workshop opportunities to schools and community groups who visit throughout the 2019-2020 school year and summer. We are grateful that the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the owner of the garden, has agreed to continue this important connection to a natural urban environment in our community.
For information about programs at this garden contact
the SFPUC at , or visit their webpage.
The College Hill Learning Garden is an education and demonstration garden which contains a range of features designed to teach local students about how they can help cities transition to ecologically friendly water, food, energy, and waste systems. Maintained and operated by Education Outside, in partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), the site contains dozens of interactive features, including a turtle pond, 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.
The site is available for class field trips and summer programs, and can accommodate up to 40 students. 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. The Urban Stewards Program curriculum is based on eight unique topics, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and SFPUC Big Ideas, and classes are encouraged to come for the full series over the course of a school year or summer. Refer to the information below for details on the Urban Stewards Program curriculum, available dates and times for group visits, and to complete an online request form. An educator will contact you once your request has been received to coordinate further.
Urban Stewards Program and Field Trip Calendar
The Urban Stewards Program curriculum covers eight topics: Living City Site Exploration; Watersheds; Rain Gardens; Garden Planting; Natural Power; Urban Food Systems; Zero-Waste Cycles; and Shared Habitats. Click the icons below to learn more about these subjects in the garden:
Living City Site Exploration
Come explore the College Hill Learning Garden through a self-guided scavenger hunt that brings each student through the seven main themes of city sustainability demonstrated on the site.
Discover how rain gardens are used as a tool to protect our watersheds through exploration of the three on-site rain gardens.
Power in the City
Learn about urban power generation by exploring renewable energy sources on-site and options for using power sustainably at school and at home.
Our Healthy Watersheds
Learn about urban water systems, rainwater, and watersheds through exploration, modeling, and stewardship.
Planting for a Healthy Planet
Learn how to take care of our environment through place appropriate planting by working with drought-tolerant and water-loving plants on site.
Urban Food Systems
Discover how to grow healthy, sustainable food in the city and help us care for our edible garden.
Please note that field trips/group visits must be scheduled in advance.
During the school year, field trips can be scheduled Mondays through Thursdays when the garden is open between 9:30am and 5:00pm.
During June 2019 programs are offered twice daily Monday through Friday. Groups can request to attend a program from 10:30am-12:00pm or 1:00-2:30pm.
Request a field trip through one of the links above and an educator will follow-up
to confirm your visit to College Hill.
Full Cycle, Zero Waste
Investigate how the city recycles materials by learning about our water catchment systems, compost bins, worm bin, and composting toilet (one of the city’s first).
Our Shared Habitat
Explore the various habitat examples on site and learn how to help create a biodiverse and interdependent city through stewardship.
Getting to the Garden
The College Hill Learning Garden is located at 336 Elsie Street in San Francisco, near Holly Park in Bernal Heights. The site is accessible via Muni using the 24, 23, 67, 14, and 49 Metro bus lines, and is a 20-25 minute walk from the Glen Park BART station.
If you have additional questions, email Garden Manager Danny Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.