Fourth Grade Outreach Program

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Lotusland’s Fourth Grade Outreach Program has been bringing students into Lotusland free of charge for more than two decades. During their visit, students explore the gardens as they learn about the importance of plants in their lives. This program is designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards for fourth-grade education.

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Using the Junior Botanist Activity Guide, fourth-grade students learn about the fascinating world of plant adaptations as they navigate through the gardens on a quest to become a junior botanist. Guided by an illustrated character Begonia the Botanist, and a trained Outreach docent, students visit plants from all around the world as they try to help Begonia answer the question “Why are there so many kinds of plants in the world?” This program gives students the chance to enjoy time immersed in the natural beauty of Lotusland.

The program is open to fourth-grade classes in Santa Barbara County only and is offered on select days during the school year. We are currently scheduling field trips for the 2022-2023 school year.

For more information contact Gillian Connor, Education Coordinator
gconnor@lotusland.org, (805) 969-3767 ext. 107

Sincere thanks to the generosity of the program sponsors:


American Riviera Bank
Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation
Mark Livanec, El Camino Ventures
John C. Mithun Foundation, directed by Mercedes Millington and Jack MithunSteven
Marsha Nathanson