Green Thumbs Up

Grade 4-5

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.

Students at Nursery
Students at Nursery

How are people, plants, and pollinators connected to each other?

Green Thumbs Up awakens the restoration ecologist in your students as they delve into pollination at one of the park native plant nurseries in the Presidio, Fort Funston, or Marin Headlands. Students explore the concepts of co-adaptation, biodiversity, and ecology as they follow a plant’s journey of being grown for habitat restoration. Learning is put into action through a service activity that directly benefits the park ecosystem. Students then bring their learning back to their school to help plants, pollinators, and people in their own community.

Program Description
Green Thumbs Up is framed by the Essential Question: “How are people, plants, and pollinators connected to each other?”
The program is structured in two parts: *

  • Classroom preparation (1 hour) – lesson in the classroom delivered by Park Nurseries staff
  • Field session (3 hours) – the nursery experience where students engage in hands-on nursery activities and explore the relationship between people, plants, and pollinators
  • Classroom follow-up (1 hour) – lesson facilitated by Park Nurseries staff for students to bring their learning back to their school and community


  • Common Core State Standards English Language Arts: SL.4-5
  • Next Generation Science Standards:
    4-LS1-1; 4-LS1-2; 5-LS2-1; 5-ESS3-1

Last updated: October 2, 2020

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