An extension of our popular Garden Camp program, Garden After-School (ASP) will provide engaging, all-outdoor afternoon activity for children in grades K-5. 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.
2022 Garden After-School Upcoming Session
Dates: January 5 - June 1
Regular Hours: 2pm-5pm
Wednesday Hours: 1pm-5pm
Drop-off window: 2:00-2:45pm
Pick-up window: 4:45-5:10pm
Extended care ends: 6:00pm
Email [email protected] for more information.
5 Day (M-F) $6180 $7725
3 Day (MWF) $3840 $4800
3 Day (TWT) $4020 $5025
2 Day (Tu/Th) $1860 $2325
Payment plan options available!
*None of these plans work for you? We're flexible! Email [email protected] to figure out your personalized flexible schedule, or to join us monthly.*
Holidays (No Program)
The program will follow SFUSD’s school calendar and will not meet on the following:
January 17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
January 31 (School Site Closures)
February 1 (Lunar New Year)
February 21 (Presidents' Day)
March 28 - April 1 (Spring Break)
May 30 (Memorial Day)
Walking School Bus
Jefferson Elementary School
We will be providing a Walking School Bus (WSB) from Jefferson ES. Our WSB is staffed by at least 2 Garden Camp counselors who maintain a safe route and wear neon safety vests to make themselves more visible.
More information, including route, will be shared with participants.
An additional $1/day charge will come with the Jefferson Walking School Bus. Please select "Early Care" when signing up for the Jefferson School Bus on our Activity Hero site.
Garden After-School pauses in June and resumes in August.
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 an 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.
What happens when it is raining or air quality is poor during fire season?
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 and honor friend requests, as is possible. If you would prefer siblings remain in the same cohort, please let us know when registering by listing sibling name in the friend request field.
Will you offer Thanksgiving and Winter Break Camps?
We are working on plans to offer partial or full-day school break camps. Please check back at sfbg.org/afterschool or sfbg.org/gardencamp, or join our e-news list or follow the Garden on social media for announcements
What if my child’s school release times are later?
This school year, with significantly different start and end times presented challenges to offering program times. At this time we are unable to charge by the hour such that we can be flexible to all students’ schedules.
Is there time during the program for my child to work on their homework?
Quiet, independent homework time will be part of our program schedule. This will occur outdoors, like the rest of the program. We do not have the ability to support computer-based work.
What if I need to pick up my student early?
Not a problem! So long as you communicate this early pick-up need to camp staff (either at drop-off, or via email), we are able to accomodate and will bring your student to the regular pick-up zone for their early retrieval.