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It’s Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival Time!


Time: 9am-3pm

When: Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Where: The Water Conservation Garden , 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, CA 92019

Where to find Ms. Smarty-Plants: 11:00am Pollinator Party Show

Family Friendly: YES!!!!!!!!

Cost: FREE!!!!


Join us for a FREE, family fun day at The Water Conservation Garden!  Ms. Smarty-Plants™ will be hosting her famous Pollinator Party at 11:00am in the large amphitheater!!!  Come dressed as your favorite pollinator and ready to boogie.  At the festival there will be animal encounters, face painting, crafts, vendors, food and more.

For more information visit  www.thegarden.org





Hoot and Holla in the House!

Hoot and Holla, the Garden’s resident Barn Owls, are back again and ready for Spring!

Last year, within two days of installing our new owl box, Hoot and Holla moved in–and now they’re back!

While living in the owl box last year, Holla (Mom) started a blog. Always faithful, she has picked up where she left off, so look below to read about their happenings in The Garden!


Check out the live feed we have streaming from inside their  OWL BOX!









Where to find Ms. Smarty-Plants™ in San Diego!!!


Ms. Smarty-Plants™ is making her way around San Diego! Make your way out to one of these amazing events promoting community, sustainability, partnerships, and environmental education, or as we call it EDU-TAINMENT!

April 18th- SDG&E Earth Fair 

April 20th-Live on KNSJ Radio “Talk of the Town” at 11:00am

April 27th-Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival

April 28th- Balboa Park EarthFair Parade

May 25th- Grossmont Center Shop Local Market

June 23rd-Grossmont Center Shop Local Market









What happens at a Ms. Smarty-PlantsTM program?

Learning, Laughter and Fun!




If you haven’t scheduled a program it’s not too late!  Everyone can become a Ms. Smarty-PlantsTM Earth Hero.  Our new and improved programs are sure to excite and delight. Visit The Water Conservation Garden for one of our interactive Field Trips that take students on a nature adventure filled with exploring native habitats, learning about water saving-plants and how San Diego’s climate is a wonder for biodiversity!

Assemblies for all!  Our lower grade assembly focuses on water conservation, parts of the plant and their functions, and seed dispersal through nature!  Our upper grade assembly addresses questions like What is climate change? Is San Diego’s climate changing? What is the greenhouse effect? All so we can inspire the youth to be Earth Heroes! You do not want to miss out on these very interactive assemblies!  ¡Tambien en Español!


Schedule your field trip  or  assembly this year!

For more information about school programs and outreaches email [email protected] or call our Education Department 619-660-0614 ext 16 and ask for Lauren Magnuson.


Adult Classes at The Water Conservation Garden


The Water Conservation Garden offers a wide variety of amazing classes for everyone!  From Kick Starting Your Veggie Garden to Garden Yoga.  You can find a class that fits your need at The Garden.

Check out our classes here!










Celebrating 10 years of Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Magic!   




“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”

Mr. Rogers.

When Pam Meisner graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, she took an internship with Mr. Rogers. This experience shaped her style as an educator who puts love and passion first, teaching children in the way they learn best.  Ms. Smarty-Plants ™ bloomed from this love of education, fun and nature.  For many years….TEN YEARS to be exactMs. Smarty-Plants™ has inspired hundreds of thousands of Earth Heroes through out Southern California!  86,019 in 2017 alone!

She will continue to make conservation count by inspiring one Earth Hero at a time.  So come visit her at The Water Conservation Garden and tell her how you are saving the Earth!

Schedule a field trip or assembly and become and Earth Hero!


For more information contact [email protected] or 619-660-0614 ext 16.

The Water Conservation Garden is open 7 days a week, 9am-4pm.