The Edible Schoolyard Project welcomes all visitors to our Edible Schoolyard Berkeley program. Our garden is open to the public on weekends and after school hours (after 6:00 pm) on weekdays. Additionally, we conduct public tours, private tours, corporate volunteer days, and press visits.
On the first Thursday of each month during the school year, we offer a free tour of the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley. Public tours begin promptly at 9:00 am, last about two hours, and are a terrific opportunity to see our program in action. Guests must register ahead of time, links to register for all upcoming public tours can be found below. Please note: our tours involve walking and standing for extended periods of time. If you or your group have any access needs, please include them in your tour request form and we will work with you to best accomodate these needs.
While we hope that the public tour meets the needs of most visitors, we do consider requests for private tours. Private tours are typically 90 minutes and cover the overview, history, curriculum development, and current practices of the Edible Schoolyard Project, as well as class observations when appropriate. These tours provide an opportunity for a specialized focus and more Q & A time between guests and the tour lead. We ask that all private tour groups pay what they can, and suggest donations of $10 - $100 per person. The Edible Schoolyard Project is committed to providing support and ideas to educational organizations and groups. Your donation supports staff time and resources to ensure we can share our work with you and other organizations working to uplift the ideas of edible education.
The Edible Schoolyard Project offers specialized professional development days for organizations and businesses interested in hands on Edible Education. These private trainings are customized to the needs of your group and can include a tour, hands-on cooking or gardening, team building, specialized training sessions on curriculum development, pedagogy, community outreach, administrative buy-in and more! Groups we have worked with include: Kaiser Permanente, Google, IDEO, Clif Bar, Oakland Unified School District, and Sacramento Unified School District. Fees for private professional development days will be determined after a planning session with a member of our staff.
The Edible Schoolyard facilitates volunteer work days for corporate teams of up to 25 people. These half-day long experiences include a private tour of the Edible Schoolyard, garden and kitchen centered team-building activities, and meaningful volunteer work in our one-acre organic garden. We encourage corporate teams to donate what they can; in addition to the valuable labor of their teams, we request a minimum financial contribution of $1,500.
To schedule a volunteer work day please fill out our private visit request form.
The Edible Schoolyard Project’s communications team schedules all press and media visits. Please note that photographs, video, and interviews of students are prohibited without proper authorization. Please submit a request online through our contact form with the following information:
Volunteers are integral to the success of our program, enriching and enlivening our daily work. Our volunteers ensure that all students have the opportunity to connect with an adult and demonstrate to our students the caring and commitment of their larger community. If you’d like to volunteer with us at the Edible Schoolyard, there are a few different ways to do so.
Classroom volunteers at the Edible Schoolyard provide vital assistance in helping classes run smoothly and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to connect with an adult. Additionally, before or after each class volunteers aid Edible Schoolyard staff in the daily tasks of maintaining a school kitchen and one-acre organic garden. We require that all classroom volunteers attend one volunteer training session, and participate in one regularly-scheduled garden or kitchen class throughout the semester, for a total commitment of two hours each week.
Please note: We place our volunteers once at the beginning of the Fall Semester, and once at the beginning of the Spring Semester. If you are signing up to volunteer after the start of a new semester, you will be placed on our volunteer waitlist until the beginning of the next semester.
Family Nights Out at the Edible Schoolyard provides an opportunity for the whole family to experience what students are learning in the kitchen classroom. Our Family Nights Out classes mirror our typical kitchen classes and provide an opportunity for families to meet and connect with others in their school community by cooking and eating a meal together. We ask that Family Nights Out volunteers commit to two semesters of volunteer work. Volunteers will attend three volunteer training, observe three Family Nights Out classes during their first semester, and will help to facilitate lessons on a bi-weekly basis during their second semester.
The Edible Schoolyard always welcomes volunteers to help with independent garden work and maintenance of our one-acre organic garden. If you’d like to help us with garden work, there are a couple of ways to do so. Infrastructure experts work independently to maintain important parts of the Edible Schoolyard garden and should expect to spend at least one hour per week maintaining their designated area of the garden for an entire semester. Alternately, Wednesday Weeders work from 2:30 - 3:30 pm each week, and need not commit to volunteering on a weekly basis. Even though our Infrastructure Experts and Wednesday Weeders do not work directly with students, we require all volunteers to be cleared by the Berkeley Public Schools Fund before joining us in the garden.
All of our Edible Schoolyard Berkeley volunteers must be certified to work with public school children before beginning their commitment. Before contacting us, please attend a New Volunteer Orientation with the Berkeley Public Schools Fund to become certified.
Contact us to learn more about opportunities to volunteer at the Edible Schoolyard Project office.