Field Trips

While Covid protocols are in place, our in-person school fieldtrips are on hiatus. We miss you and hope to see you in the future! Please see our Virtual Field Trips page for more information.

Calling All Earth Heroes!

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ leads your class on a fun & educational field trip through the beautiful Water Conservation Garden! Tour our water-wise plant trails, animal habitats, and enjoy an interactive learning lesson that meet California State Standards, E-STEM and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


  • You’re the gardener! Each student plants a succulent to take home.
  • Work together! NGSS activities in the Native Habitat Garden (grade specific).
  • Learn about parts of the plant and their adaptations.
  • Become a Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Earth Hero!
  • Music, magic and fun with Ms. Smarty-Plants™ award-winning program.


Ms. Smarty-Plants™ teaches how to be water-smart in our region, and why saving the earth’s ecosystems are so important for our friends and animals. During this hands-on, interactive program, students will spend quality time in nature, learning the importance of caring for the environment and one another. Students will learn about San Diego’s climate and the adaptations plants have to survive here! Grade-level NGSS activities in the Native Habitat Garden, along with a whimsical garden tour and planting all included in a two hour experience.

School field trips begin at 9:30am and are approximately 2 hours in length. Lunch picnic area is available.  Minimum number of students per field trip is 20.  Maximum number of students per field trip is 60. Visit FAQ’s link below for more Field Trip information.  For grade specific lessons please contact the education department 619-660-0614 ext 16 or 

Book Now FAQs Field Trips Field Trip Flyer Map to The Garden

Silver Strand Elementary talking about how much they loved the field trip

Teacher Testimonials

Wonderful! Kept the kids on task and engaged! The kids will be talking about this field trip for the rest of the year.
Mrs. Fortin – 1st Grade – Rancho San Diego

Loved the program, loved all the education my students received and all the knowledgeable staff.
Sue McKinnon – 5th Grade – Mendoza Elementary

I’ve been teaching 25 years and this was the best field trip! Awesome staff! Beautiful!
Sally Saltzstein 3rd Grade Teacher– Vista Grande Elementary

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ She impressed them with her tricks, made them laugh, critically think, pledge to be better earth heroes, and made a lasting impression.
Jamie Malchak- 4th Grade Teacher – Danbrook Elementary