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Living Classroom

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment
  • Health & Medicine


P.O. Box 3501Los Altos, CA 94024 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To inspire children to learn about and value our natural world through garden-based education.


Living Classroom provides hands-on, outdoor and nature-based learning experiences in science, math, social studies and nutrition using school gardens. We are supporting a new generation of students that are excited about science, connected to nature and are equipped and inspired to build a future that is environmentally sustainable.

Our gardens are ecological learning laboratories that provide beautiful and stimulating learning environments and consist of both edible and native habitat gardens.

Our lessons are integrated into the regular school day and support the Next Generation Science and Common Core standards. Volunteer docents play an important role by teaching half of our lessons to K-6 students in public schools in Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto.

Docents are provided with full training and can pick and choose which grades and lessons they would like to teach. Special enrichment events are also available for docents to learn more about our local ecology and natural history, tour amazing local gardens, and learn about other topics of interest.


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