Petal Pushers (Grades 2-3)


Students examine native plants in the demonstration garden.

How do adaptations help plants survive in their habitats? 
Petal Pushers brings student naturalists to one of the Park Nurseries (Presidio or Marin Headlands) for a plant adaptation adventure. Students explore the unique adaptations native plants and their seeds have developed to survive in the Bay Area through hands-on observation and inquiry. A hands-on service project invites students to participate in plant nursery activities such as pot-washing or weeding, highlighting the human connection to the environment. Students see their own roles in cultivating a healthy ecosystem for all living things. 
Grades: 2-3 


  • Classroom preparation (60 minutes) – lesson in the classroom facilitated by Conservancy staff 
  • Field session (3-3.5 hours) – the nursery experience where students engage in hands-on activities as well as explore a nearby park site 

NGSS Standards: 2-LS2.A, 2-LS2-2, 3-LS3.B, 3-LS4.C 

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