School Field Trips – Sherman Library and Gardens

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 (including native plants), Succulent Garden, Food Forest, and our flower-filled Central Garden.

Climate Explorers: Science Field Trips for Grade 5

NGSS Standards Supported:
5-LS1, 5-LS2
5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS3-1
5-PS3-1, RI:5.7, W.5.8

Students will explore the interrelationship between biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere using examples from the garden. They will think about the agriculture in our formal garden, deforestation in our tropical conservatory, and water conservation in our succulent garden. Through discussion, observation and practical activities students will learn about the impact our decisions and actions have on the planet and the role plants have in these actions and decisions.

Booking for August 2022 – June 2023

We are currently scheduling field trip programs for the 2022-2023 school year at Sherman Library & Gardens. Contact us to reserve a Monday or Tuesday morning session.

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 2022/23 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.

Contact our Education Coordinator on 949 673 2261 ext 307 or email [email protected] for more information.