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The Water Conservation Garden Education Programs

Education Programs at the Garden

The Water Conservation Garden Education Programs - Pam Meisner as Ms. Smarty Plants
Pam Meisner as "Ms. Smarty-Plants™"

From the moment you walk through the gates of the Garden you’ll discover exciting opportunities to learn!  The Garden was designed to introduce people of all ages to the joy and beauty that can be part of your efforts to conserve our precious water resources.

From our interesting and inspiring exhibits, our docent-led guided tours, our adult education classes, our outstanding children’s programs and our lively festivals and special events, you are sure to find answers and solutions to your questions about water conservation and drought tolerant gardening. For those looking for a beautiful place to spend time; to simply reflect and enjoy nature alone or with your friends and family, the Garden has something to offer every visitor.


Children’s Programs

Our staff strongly believes if we are to affect long-term change in the way we use and conserve our valuable natural resources, we must begin with the children. We offer programs for children from preschool though high school. The education department offers school field trips with Ms. Smarty-Plants™, our entertaining Garden teacher and ambassador. Ms. Smarty-Plants™ teaches kids about the fascinating adaptations of drought tolerant plants.  She lets kids know that they are the future of our planet. Children will learn that they can really make a difference with the conservation action steps Ms. Smarty-Plants™ teaches them during her programs. Kids will learn a song in American Sign Language that teaches them that they will change the world. Each student will plant a drought tolerant plant to take home with them. The program is approximately 2.5 hours in length.

Ms. Smarty-Plants™
Program Receives
Governor's Award

Find Ms. Smarty-Plants™
on Facebook!

Find Ms. Smarty-Plants on Facebook!   


For reservations, program fees and information about our Ms. Smarty-Plants™ school tours and assembly programs, contact Pam Meisner, AKA Ms. Smarty-Plants™, at 619-660-0614 x-16.

You may also view our information flyers:


Preschool Programs

The Garden offers programs for preschool classes and parent education classes. The children will meet Daisy Mae Bloom as she introduces them to her garden friends. This developmentally appropriate program is designed for children ages 3-6 years of age and includes a small group time and a hands-on tour of the Garden, along with a planting project. The program is approximately 45 minutes in length.

For reservations and information about program fees, contact our Education Director.


Girl Scout Programs

Wonders of Water (W.O.W.) Fieldtrip Patch
The Garden currently offers the W.O.W. Fieldtrip Patch at 2:00pm on the 1st Friday of every month, from August-December 2015.
Registration required: contact Lauren Magnuson at 619-660-0614 x16 or Lauren@thegarden.org


Ms. Smarty-Plants teaches kids about the amount of water used in everyday activities.
Ms. Smarty-Plants teaches kids about the amount of water
used in everyday activities

Self-Guided Visits and Private Guided Tours

School groups may arrange a self-guided visit at no charge by contacting the education department. Supervision guidelines and the date you intend to visit will be discussed when you call.

Private, docent-led adult and family tours can be arranged for $5.00 per person. A free docent-led tour is offered each Saturday at 10:30 am. Meet at the Garden’s main entrance.


Special Access Tour

For individuals who may have difficulty navigating the terrain of the Garden, we offer a Special Access Tour in our Verbeck Shuttle on the third Sunday of the month at 9:30 am. BY RESERVATION ONLY PLEASE.


Contact our Education Director for details and reservations.


Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Admission is by suggested donation.

The Water Conservation Garden is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Federal Tax ID# 20-4395919.

The Water Conservation Garden  •  12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West  •  El Cajon  California  92019
Tel: (619) 660-0614  •  info@TheGarden.org