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Children's Learning Center Garden hosts free summer nature events

Children's Learning Garden
Catherine Al-Meten

Children’s Learning Garden public sessions

The Children’s Learning Garden at Yerba Buena Gardens offers free public classes and hands-on demonstrations each week. Designed for young children accompanied by their parents or teachers, the Children Learning Gardens holds its classes on Tuesdays, between June 24-September 23 from 12:30-2:30 in the afternoon.

Each week an informative and hands-on class is conducted for children and their parents/teachers. One week may include learning about different types of bugs (lady bugs, beatles, or butterflys) and their habits, life cycle, and place in the ecosystems. The week we attended, our guide enjoyed sharing his knowledge and interest in bugs, plants, and the ecosystem with us.

My daughter, granddaughter and I went to several classes earlier this month, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The instructor shared his knowledge and enthusiasm for the Garden, making the experience interesting and fun. One week we were able to watch hundreds of lady bugs emerge from their dormant state, to begin taking flight in the garden. We learned about how lady bugs help protect plants for harmful insects. We also were able to learn about the life cycle of caterpillars on their journey to becoming butterflies. We watched as Painted Lady butterflies emerged from their crysallis to slowy waken and begin to take flight in the garden. The experience is both informative and enjoyable.

Each week different activities are conducted including: gardening, crafts. live bugs and lessons about useful bugs and insects, and a tour of the Gardens. Located near the Play Circle at Yerba Buena Gardens, 221 Fourth St., San Francisco, California. For more information or to set up special group sessions, contact the Gardens’ at the following email address: Explore the urban nature environment at Yerba Buena Garden's Children's Learning Garden this summer.

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