Lotusland’s Fourth Grade Outreach Program serves over 2,320 children in 100 classrooms from over 40 schools across Santa Barbara County. The program is a partnership with each school, provided at no cost to the schools. This program integrates the state of California fourth-grade curriculum for life science for the greatest possible impact in improving each student’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) comprehension.
The program includes teacher training in a specially devised interdisciplinary curriculum supported by hands-on materials for both teachers and students and thought-provoking presentations by Lotusland staff or trained docents in each classroom. That is followed with a hands-on field study tour for each classroom, at Lotusland, conducted by our staff or docents, to reinforce the concepts taught in the classroom. At the end of the visit, students are quizzed and each is given a plant to nurture.
The program teaches the critical role plants play in sustaining life on earth, the adaptation of species to their habitats, the interrelationships of the natural world, and the importance of plant/habitat conservation. Children learn how oxygen, carbon dioxide, plants, animals, mankind and our shared habitats are all bound together on this planet and how plant adaptation is critical force for plant survival. The hands-on field study experience is the most critical component of the program and ensures the best retention of curriculum information. Please contact Dorothy Shaner, Director of Public Programs for more information. 805.969.3767 ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.