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Technology pervades every corner of our lives. Recently, I read where a little one said, "I like the indoors better because that's where all the outlets are." The Youth Education Program at the San Francisco Botanical Garden has been enticing kids and their families into the great outdoors, stimulating wonder and curiosity, and growing the next generation of Earth’s custodians for more than 40 years. Oh—and having fun.
A conversation between editor Lorene Edwards Forkner and Annette Huddle, Director of Youth Education at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
Curious kids with the San Francisco Botanical Garden Youth Education Program. Photo: Courtesy of SFBG

LEF: Tell me a little bit about how the Youth Education Program came to be.

AH: We are a group of people who love the garden and want to share it with others. The first garden docents were trained for the Golden Gate Park Centennial celebration in 1970. Our Guided School Walk program began at that time as a way to involve children as well as adults.

LEF: What is the reach and scope of the program today?

AH: Guided School Walks are still the mainst...

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