Petal Pushers

Grade 2-3

New Virtual Program!

Nurseries Virtual Opportunity

How can the Park Nurseries connect with students in inclusive and restorative ways?

The Park Plant Nurseries values of being connective, inclusive, and restorative are reflected in all of our curricula. Typically, in-person Nurseries field trips have explored how plants and people grow; how plants have adapted to their environment; how plants, pollinators, and people are connected; and how people play a role in our ecosystem. During these unprecedented times, we are committed to staying connected to schools, teachers and students and we look forward to working with teachers to create virtual opportunities that best meet students’ needs with the resources we have available. We invite you to apply if you are interested in exploring adapted virtual opportunities with the Nurseries.

Please see link at bottom of the page for the Petal Pushers introductory video.

students looking at plants
Students observing seedlings

How do adaptations help plants survive in their habitats?

Petal Pushers brings student naturalists to one of the Park Nurseries (Presidio, Fort Funston, or Marin Headlands) for a plant adaptation adventure. Students explore the unique adaptations native plants and their seeds have developed to survive in the Bay Area through hands-on observation and inquiry. A hands-on service project invites students to participate in plant nursery activities such as pot-washing or weeding, highlighting the human connection to the environment. Students see their own roles in cultivating a healthy ecosystem for all living things.

Program Description:

Petal Pushers is framed by the Essential Question: “How do adaptations help plants survive in their habitats?”
The program is structured in two parts: *

  • Classroom preparation (45-60 minutes) – lesson in the classroom facilitated by Park Nurseries staff
  • Field session (3 hours) – the nursery experience where students engage in hands-on nursery activities and explore plant adaptations


  • Common Core State Standards English Language Arts: SL.2-3
  • History Social Science State Standards: 2.5; 3.1; 3.2
  • Next Generation Science Standards: 2-LS2-2; 3-LS3-2; 3-LS4-2; 3-LS4-3; 3-LS4-4
To apply, please submit an application by clicking here.
* Virtual program structures vary.


Last updated: October 2, 2020

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