Visiting Schools

We offer a variety of education programs to schools, tailored for grades K-12. Our programs can be  presented on-site, in the classroom, or on field trips in the area. We utilize hands-on student-centered activities, games, stories, and songs to teach Environmental Education to kids. We also conduct service-learning programs with area schools, where younger students are mentored by middle and high school students in restoration and monitoring projects.

Our education topics include:
JHC Education Program Flyer (pdf)

  • Native plant identification & propagation
  • Native American uses of native plants
  • Growing plants for rain gardens
  • Worms and how they work
  • Fungi basics
  • Watershed ecology
  • Watershed wildlife
  • Riparian ecosystems
  • Aquatic microinvertebrates
  • Wetlands
  • Water and its conservation
  • Jug Handle/Pygmy Forest Ecological Staircase
  • Tide pool life
  • North Coast birds
  • Bird adaptations & variations
  • Gray whale migration
  • Marine mammals
  • Environmental & children’s songs

Jug Handle Educational Activities

Jug Handle educational activities take place both on and off the Nature Center site.  Groups come to Jug Handle Farm and Nature Center to learn, or Jug Handle visits their school and classroom.  Also Jug Handle leads field trips to local watersheds for activities and learning, often collaborating with other groups such as Americorps, State Parks, Fish and Game, or a timber company biologist or forester to lead field trip stations.

Photos below (click to enlarge): Jug Handle educational activities takes place at Jug Handle, or in the field or at school campuses. Photos show a variety of student learning activities organized by Jug Handle Farm and Nature Center.

Photo show a variety of student learning activities

Photo show a variety of student learning activities

To view a power-point presentation (saved as .pdf) about Jug Handle Creek education and restoration activities, click here.

Adult Workshops

Workshops for adults have included:

  • Stormwater management
  • Roof water catchment & rain gardens
  • Native American uses of native plants
  • Geology of the Mendocino Coast
  • Native plant seed collection & propagation
  • Mushrooms – identification and cooking

For more information about our education programs and availability, please contact:
Helene Chalfin |  JHC Education Program Flyer (pdf)
Education Director/Grants Manager
phone: (707)937-3498 or (707)964-1825