An extension of our popular Garden Camp program, Garden After-School (ASP) will provide engaging, all-outdoor afternoon activity for children in grades K-4. The ASP's goal is to foster and support a lifelong love of learning and nature and provide a nurturing, safe setting for positive social-emotional development with peers in nature.
Garden After-School will connect children to plants through a combination of structured, themed activities and open-ended time to develop curiosity, initiative, imagination, and creativity. Activities will revolve around four main themes; gardening, art, wellness, and ecology.
2021 Garden After-School Upcoming Sessions
February 8th through March 12th
March 15th through April 16th
April 19th through May 21st
Registration opens March 22nd at 10am
Garden After-School pauses in June.
For more information our our Garden Camp summer program, please click here.
Become a Garden Member today (at the Family/Dual level and above) and receive a After-School discount!
Already a member?
Check your e-mail for discount code.
Any issues or questions, contact [email protected]
Have additional questions?
See FAQs below or contact After-School
(415) 661-1316 x427
Frequently asked questions
Are there Garden Member benefits associated with the After School Program?
Yes! Garden Members receive a discount for each session.
How does drop-off and pick-up work?
Pick-up and drop-off take place on MLK Jr. Drive just through the Garden's Main Gate, to the right, before passing the bookstore (see map here). There is no rolling drop-off for the program; please walk your child in for check-in. Please note that MLK Jr. Drive is a busy street - please use cross walks with your children.
At drop-off, parents/guardians will be required to share the name of the adult/s picking up their child or confirm the name that we have on our list. During pick-up, we will be checking IDs. Thank you for your patience as we provide the utmost safety for our participants.
More information will be included in program confirmation emails.
Are there scholarships available for families in need?
Scholarship funds are generated, in part, by donations made at time of purchase by other participating families. We hope to be able to offer partial scholarships to limited qualifying applicants as funds come in through donations. Please contact [email protected] to request an After-School Program Scholarship Application.
Does the program cancel in the event of hazardous weather or air quality?
In the event of high winds, electrical storms, extreme rain, or hazardous air conditions (Air Quality Index of 150 or higher) the Garden may cancel the Garden After-School Program. Program staff will communicate as efficiently as possible with families in the event of an unexpected cancellation.
What is your refund policy?
We provide a 100% refund within 24 hours of purchase, and 80% refund until 1 week prior to session, and no refunds in the 7 days before the session as well as during. There is no penalty to cancel if the reason is related to COVID-19 exposure or infection of the child or someone in the child's household.
What if my child's school schedule changes and the Garden's After-School Program no longer works for us?
We understand that families' needs may change, however, in order to offer this service we need to follow our refund policy. The Garden supports children participating in scheduled school time; the ASP is not a substitute for formal education and we do not recommend using it as such.
What is the ratio of children to program staff?
There will be 5-6 children per program staff in stable cohorts of 10-12 children. Each group will have at least two staff members assigned.
Are siblings or those children who reside in the same household placed in the same cohort?
We strive to keep children in cohorts with their age group, however, per Department of Public Health guidance for out-of-school programs, we will place siblings within the same stable cohort as much as possible.
Will the program facilitate distance learning for my child?
No, the Garden's ASP program will not facilitate distance learning as part your child's formal education. We will focus on the critical importance of spending time out of doors, movement, and social-emotional practice.
My child has a scheduled distance-learning session with their school in the afternoon. Can my child arrive to the program late?
We know that schedules are different at every school and in every classroom. We’ll have one late-arrival window between 2pm and 2:30pm. We cannot accommodate late arrivals outside of this window. Unfortunately we can’t offer a reduced rate for those unable to attend for the full 4 hours.