School Field Trips

Information for Teachers

Field Trips to the beautiful Sherman Library & Gardens offer elementary students an outdoor learning experience which will transform their understanding of the science concepts they are learning in the classroom.  Guided by our Garden Educators, students explore different ecosystems, environments, wildlife and plants from all over the world. Our garden is divided into many smaller gardens, each with a different theme and habitat. The Tropical Conservatory, Mediterranean Climates Garden, Succulent Garden, Edible Formal Garden and flower-filled Central Garden all offer unique environments and learning opportunities. Students engage in hands-on activities and use all their senses to observe, discuss, record and analyze their findings.  

Field Trips support Next Generation Science Standards for each grade level. These guided STEAM based sessions are led by our Garden Education staff and are available year round for Grade 2 and Grade 3.

Habitat Explorers: Science Field Trips for Grade 2 & 3

NGSS Standards Supported: 

2-LS2-1, 2 LS4-1 

3 LS4-3, 3 LS1, 3-LS3-2

Through a series of practical activities students will explore, observe, collect data and use their findings to compare and learn about different ecosystems and understand that plants thrive in different conditions. They will experience and compare habitats from all over the world by exploring our Tropical Conservatory (rainforest), Mediterranean Climates Garden (native plants), Succulent Garden (desert), Food Forest (gardening for good nutrition) and our flower-filled Central Garden (pollinators).

Using the plants in Sherman Gardens as inspiration, students will learn about fruits, roots, leaves and seeds and discuss which conditions different plants need to grow. Students get moving with ‘Plant Part Aerobics’  before exploring Sherman Gardens in small groups, looking out for pollinators. Students will observe the different light, water, heat and soil requirements needed by plants in each habitat before sharing the data they have recorded in their Garden Journal.

Booking for 2021/2022

We are currently scheduling field trip programs for the 2021-2022 school year at Sherman Library & Gardens. Reservations are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions but we expect to offer a full program during the 2021/22 school year.

Fees, Scholarships and Bus Subsidies:

Fees: Student: $5 (accompanying adults: no charge)

Scholarships and Bus Subsidies: Due to a generous grant from Sherman Library & Gardens Volunteer Association we are able to provide a number of scholarships to attend a Field Trip free of charge during the 2021/22 school year. Schools with limited funds for trips are eligible to apply for a fee waiver and can claim the cost of student bus transport.


Field Trips can be scheduled on Monday and Tuesday mornings year round.

Call 949 426 8551 or email Catherine Dickinson, Education Director  [email protected] for information and to schedule a visit.