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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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Opportunities for Education

The footprints of our educational endeavors are ubiquitous throughout the Gardens. From a one-hour eye-opening tour of the grounds to our three-month Master Gardener program, the Gardens serve local and visiting communities as a living museum and research facility. The Gardens uses its exhibits, workshops, docent-led tours, and interpretative materials to educate visitors, grade-school children, interns, and others on the benefits of a conservation-minded society. Educational opportunities the Gardens offer include a variety of workshops on diverse topics, bird and whale watching walks and talks, mushroom identification, and a working demonstration organic vegetable garden that helps sustain our local Food Bank. With the prospect for education woven into the entire visitor experience, including through nationally recognized collections, the Gardens is a leader in providing local environmental knowledge to the global world.

Children's Education

Sprouts Educational Activities – Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is offering a new way to get outside and learn with monthly self-guided activities for kids and parents to do together. Activities include colors and adaptations in nature, birdwatching, nature therapy, whale watching, pulley systems, getting to know trees, and more. All activities will be available in English and Spanish. Learn More!

The Quail Trail Guide – Follow Quincy the Quail on a journey through the special and sometimes hidden places in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. This colorful guide is available at the Gardens' entrance, or you can print the guide prior to your visit. Listen for the call of Quincy the Quail, "Chi-Ca-G0, Chi-Ca-G0" and to follow Quincy through the Gardens. Numbered black quail markers are in place to help families and school groups find the 15 special places identified on the guide. The Quail Trail guide was originally developed and funded in 2008 by longtime MCBG volunteer Ruth Sparks—Master Gardener and former kindergarten teacher who has eleven grandchildren. Ruth and Joe Sparks sponsored an update of the guide and badly rusted trail markers for it's 10-year anniversary. Follow Quincy the Quail and discover the many nooks and crannies of our garden by the sea. The Quail Trail will provide a unique view of the Gardens as seen through a child's eyes. Download The Quail Trail Guide!

Educational Videos – Take a virtual tour of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and learn something new. Visit the MCBG YouTube Channel!

Educational Visits

Educational/student groups of all ages receive free admission if scheduled in advance with our administrative offices. For more information about scheduling a visit, please call 707-964-4352 ext. 10 or email administration@gardenbythesea.org.

Education Center

Funding from the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation allowed us to repurpose the historic farmhouse at the east edge of our Vegetable Garden into an education center. Plenty of work was required to renovate the 100+year-old building including work on the foundation, floors, windows, and stairs. Walls were removed to create a large meeting space and the first floor is now ADA accessible. We thank the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation for supporting the Gardens and encouraging us to increase our educational offerings to the community. The Education Center is used for workshops, lectures, and events. Be sure to join us for one of the upcoming educational happenings in the newly refurbished 1890's farmhouse.

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    Funding from the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation allowed us to repurpose the farmhouse into an education center to be used for workshops, lectures, and events. Be sure to join us for one of the upcoming educational happenings in the newly refurbished 1890's farmhouse.
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    Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens' educational programs offer a variety of learning opportunities for new and experienced garden-lovers alike.
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    The Gardens is offering a new way to get outside and learn with monthly self-guided activities for kids and parents to do together.
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    Birdwatching Resources   – There are more than 187 species of birds that can be seen at the Gardens throughout the year. The Gardens offers a range of habitats...
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    With a variety of informational walks, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers year-round educational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.
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    Master Gardeners are people of all ages and from all walks of life. They include business men and women, professionals, educators, retirees, homemakers, and students — all with some experience, interest in, and knowledge of plants and gardening. Master Gardeners are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others, and are able to communicate with diverse groups of people.