Sunflower Hill Fall Programs are designed for adults 18 years or older who have an intellectual and/or developmental disability. Our program offerings include in-person, virtual live, and pre-recorded video activities. Registration closes October 1, 2020.


In-Person Programs

 

Hands-On Garden Groups

The in-person, Hands-On Garden Groups will meet at the Sunflower Hill Garden. The program will offer person-centered programming for adults with developmental disabilities, providing opportunities to learn, explore, and engage in new and supportive ways. Led by knowledgeable staff with a passion for both people and plants, curriculum addresses educational, therapeutic, and life-skill topics to grow important independent living skills. Hands-On groups are uniquely designed to honor all ability levels and are smaller in size to guarantee intentional interaction, ensuring an environment that equips each person for success.

Each Hands-On Garden Group meets in-person, weekly on Wednesdays for a 10-week period. In response to COVID-19 safety guidelines, and in order to ensure safety when in the fields, Hands-On Garden Groups require participants to be accompanied by a caregiver/support staff to ensure a 1:1 ratio. Weekly tasks will be designed with individual participants in mind, allowing for a variety of garden tasking to appeal to all functioning levels. Tasks may include a range of gross and fine motor movements and a variety of standing, kneeling, lifting, and/or table tasks.

Details

  • Maximum of three (3) participant/caregiver pairs per group.
  • No cancellations for inclement weather. With small group sizes we have the ability to provide safe/distanced and meaningful indoor experiences. As always, individuals should make the best decision for their unique circumstances/needs.
  • Please review our Covid-19 Procedures and Guidelines prior to registration.
  • Hands-On Garden Groups meet outdoors and are exposed to seasonal weather conditions. Participants should plan to dress in layers and come prepared for the day’s forecast. Clothing should also allow for comfortable and safe movement in the space. Please wear sturdy, close-toed shoes and non-constricting clothing that may be exposed to dirt, mud, water, etc.
  • Participant’s caregiver/support staff should be a person who can attend each week with the participant and will be expected to fully participate and support the participant as needed during group time and work alongside them during garden task time.
  • Location: Sunflower Hill Garden at 455 Olivina Ave Livermore, CA 94550

Garden EXPERIENCE Group

The Garden Experience group is designed for people looking to be out-and-about in the Sunflower Hill Garden fields, and who possess a strong passion for experiencing all types of garden related tasks. The Experience group will learn about what type of work is imperative to keeping a garden growing, tools and skills employed in gardening, and enjoy extended time participating in field work practicing what they have learned. This group will have an opening “welcome” to discuss the days tasks and any new skills being learned, before diving in to dedicated time caring for the garden.

Program Registration Fee: $250

Wednesday
October 7 – December 16
(No class November 25)

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Garden ENGAGEMENT Group

The Garden Engagement group places an emphasis on exploring and learning about the garden as well as building community among participants and garden staff. The Engagement group is perfect for individuals eager to grow their plant knowledge, explore tasting new and healthy foods, are excited by engaging their senses in the natural setting of the Sunflower Hill Garden, and long to deepen friendships and experience a community connection. This group will have an engaging “welcome” and lesson time, including discussion and sensory exploration, along with ample time in the field participating in garden tasks.

Program Registration Fee: $250

Wednesday
October 7 – December 16
(No class November 25)

11:00 am – 12:30 pm


Virtual Live Programs

 

Cooking Class with Teacher Abby

Cooking Class with Teacher Abby is an engaging introduction to cooking at home; perfect for chefs of all ability levels! This interactive, live class will build independent living skills through cooking discussions, teacher demonstrations, and group activities. Participants can either cook along with Teacher Abby who will provide step-by-step guidance during class time, or choose to enjoy and learn while watching the cooking demonstrations. All participants will engage in lessons that teach safe kitchen skills, how to read a recipe, how to measure ingredients, and how to prepare a cooking station. Recipes will introduce common cooking skills, building on those practices each week while highlighting seasonal garden produce for healthy eating habits. Participating chefs will be provided with weekly recipes, tips, and safe kitchen skills documents to encourage at-home practice independent from class. This class is accessible to all ability levels and does not require caregiver attendance for participation.

Details

  • Each class will be virtual and will meet via Zoom, an online video conferencing service. There is no fee to use Zoom.
  • Participants can participate independently or with a caregiver’s assistance.
  • Each participant must have a computer or other internet enabled device and reliable access to the internet.

Session 1

AM Cooking Class

  • Program Registration Fee: $75
  • Tuesday’s from 10:00 am – 11:15 am
  • October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27

PM Cooking Class

  • Program Registration Fee: $75
  • Tuesday’s from 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
  • October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27

Session 2

AM Cooking Class

  • Program Registration Fee: $75
  • Tuesday’s from 10:00 am – 11:15 am
  • November 10, November 17, December 1, December 8 (No class on November 24)

PM Cooking Class

  • Program Registration Fee: $75
  • Tuesday’s from 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
  • November 10, November 17, December 1, December 8 (No class on November 24)


Pre-Recorded Video Programs

 

Let’s Explore Video Series

Calling all ADVENTURERS to join Teacher Abby and Farmer Caitlin for a virtual exploration of the Sunflower Hill Garden! The Let’s Explore pre-recorded video series takes participants deep within the garden to investigate and move, and encourages participants to connect with their own home and outdoor space in fresh, new ways. The Let’s Explore Video Series will differ from our free online video programming in that they will take participants deeper into unexplored areas of our Garden space. Teacher Abby and Farmer Caitlin will provide activities and challenges to apply what participants learned in the video to their own surroundings at home. Each video will include an accompanying document to deepen learning and support at-home exploration.

The Let’s Explore Video Series includes three INVESTIGATE videos to help participants discover and learn about the plants and animals living in the garden, as well as three MOVE videos highlighting ways we use our body to explore, understand, and interact with our natural surroundings. This six-video series is perfect for all ability levels and is sure to bring out the wonder and curiosity in each participant!

Details

  • Videos will be released twice a month in October, November, and December.
  • Videos will be available for registered participants to view as often as they like until September 30, 2021.
  • Participants can participate independently or with a caregiver’s assistance.
  • Each participant must have a computer or other internet enabled device and reliable access to the internet.

Individual Use

  • Program Registration Fee: $65
  • Individual user – personal use only.

Group Use

  • Program Registration Fee: $130
  • Group use – can be shared with up to 20 individuals who are enrolled in a Program/Class.


Free Online Activity Programs

 

We will continue to post our free Online Activity programming weekly on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Each activity is created to get participants moving, learning, or just stepping outside for some fresh air!


Registration closes October 1, 2020.
Cancellation policy: a full refund will be given if registration is cancelled one week prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given after that.