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.

2021 Program Registration Coming Soon!

Virtual Live Programs


Cooking Class with Teacher Abby

Cooking Class with Teacher Abby Update: This program is currently in-session. Check back often for details on our next session!

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.


  • 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.

Current Session Runs Through December 2020

In-Person Programs

Hands-On Garden Groups

Fall Programs - Hands On Garden Groups Update. Program currently in session and full. Check back often for details on next session.

Our in-person, Hands-On Garden Groups meet at the Sunflower Hill Garden. The program offers 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.


  • 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


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.


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.

Current Session Runs Through December 2020

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 for Cooking Class with Teacher Abby, Session 2 closes November 5, 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.