California Indians and Native Plant Program

The Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden is a 10-acre garden dedicated to California Native Plants. We offer a variety of tours to school and community groups. Our California Indians and Native Plants Program is designed to complement the California social science curriculum for the 3rd and 4th grade unit on California Indians.

We begin by providing an engaging 50-minute presentation at the students’ school prior to the Garden tour. Through an interactive presentation students will understand:
• California’s diverse climate and landscape have created a diversity of native plant life that California Indians used for everyday living
• California’s Indian groups managed and tended the plants of their region for food, shelter, clothing, tools and time together
• We have the same needs today; we just meet them differently.

When you bring your class to the Garden for an engaging 90-minute tour, students see many native plants that California Indians used for food, shelter, clothing, tools and time together. They also have hands-on experience washing their hands with soap root, playing the staves game and even cracking and grinding acorns with a mortar and pestle.

Eligibility for this program – Free transportation is available to eligible schools in Emery, Oakland Unified and West Contra Costa Unified School Districts. Schools in which at least 50 per cent of the students qualify for the school lunch program are eligible. Third and fourth grade teachers who teach this unit on California Indian are encouraged to apply.

This program made possible by a grant from the Barrios Foundation and the Friends of the Garden. Since funding is limited, an early and complete application will increase your chances to participate in this free program.

Please note:
*Each teacher in the same school must apply for her/his classroom.
*If more than one teacher is applying from a school, the tour dates must be different but if possible the presentations should be scheduled for the same date. Please coordinate your choices for presentation dates with other teachers in your team. The maximum number of students on a tour is 36. We require a ratio of 1 adult for each 6 students.

Click here for online Request Form for this program

 
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