Book a private fieldtrip to Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden for your group of students, campers, youth, b’nei mitzvahs, volunteers, young adults, or special needs community members.
All of our programs are hands-on, fun and creative, and rooted in Jewish ethics, texts and rituals; biblical agricultural laws; and holiday celebrations. Choose one of the following programs for your group or be in touch with us to create a customized program (we also customize programs for high school students and young adult groups). For elementary day school teachers, Ontario Ministry of Education Science and Technology Curriculum links are in italics.
Rosh Hashanah (All Ages)
In hopes of welcoming a sweet new year on Rosh Hashanah we enjoy apples dipped in honey…neither of which would be possible without our pollinator friends. Learn about the different pollinators that call the Kavanah Garden home and what we can do to ensure a happy, healthy new year for them as well.
Sukkot (All Ages)
Sukkot is our end-of-season harvest festival….what better place to celebrate than in your local Jewish garden! Sit in our sukkah while learning about local animal habitats, make a blessing on the lulav and etrog while learning about the native species that define our ecosystem, and enjoy the abundance of the harvest.
Shemini Atzeret (All Ages)
On Shemini Atzeret we begin praying for rain, reminding us how important water is to our survival. Explore the East Don River at the Kavanah Garden and discover firsthand how the water cycle works, and how the choices we make shape and affect our watershed.
Roots & Shoots (Preschool and Kindergarten)
Using all five senses, discover the many sababa (amazing) plants and creatures that live at the Kavanah Garden. Discover where and how plants grow while searching for patterns in the natural world.
Patterns, Cycles, and Natural Occurrences.
Garden Guardians (Grade 1)
According to the Talmud, we are forbidden to live in a city without a vegetable garden. Learn what all creatures need to survive by helping take care of the plants and animals that call our garden home. Needs and Characteristics of Living Things; Daily and Seasonal Changes.
Creatures & Critters (Grade 2)
The Talmud teaches us that every creature has a purpose. Discover some of the many different critters that live in our soil, visit our flowers, eat from our birdfeeders, and help our garden grow. Growth and Changes in Animals; Air and Water in the Environment.
Seeds & Soils (Grade 3)
The holidays of Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot all celebrate the harvest. Discover what plants need to grow while helping build healthy garden soil so that we have a bountiful harvest to celebrate this season. Growth and Changes in Plants; Soils in the Environment.
Healthy Habitats (Grade 4)
The Garden of Eden provided the first humans and animals with food, water, and shelter, making it a terrific habitat. Discover what animal, bird, and insect species live in the garden and how the choices we make can affect the health of their habitat. Habitats and Communities.
Energy & Resource Cycles (Grade 5)
The miracle of Chanukah is that one day’s worth of oil lasted for eight. Learn how we can conserve our natural resources while exploring alternative sources of energy. Conservation of Energy and Resources.
Biodiversity (Grade 6)
In the morning prayer service we give thanks for all of the different works of Creation. Investigate the array of different plant and animal species that inhabit our ecosystem. Discover the importance of maintaining diversity and how human choices can greatly affect an ecosystem’s biodiversity. Biodiversity.
Shorashim: Roots (B’nei Mitzvah and Young Adult)
This experiential workshop is all about getting back to our roots! Discover through hands-on projects how Shoresh is modelling Jewish ethics and teachings at the Kavanah Garden and how we are helping people connect with their Jewish history, community, and personal identity through garden and nature-based activities.
All Kavanah Garden fieldtrips are 1.5-2 hours long and can be booked in the morning or afternoon (May-October). Visiting groups are invited to use our picnic area for lunch either before or after your program.
The program fee is $160 for 20 students or less and $8/student for 20 students or more. Parent and teacher volunteers are free of charge.
Availability is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
For more information or to make a program booking, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-805-8382.