Explore our garden in an urban setting!

Take a trip outside during your visit and see what’s growing in our organic garden. Learn how to care for growing plants and vegetables and discover the world of butterflies and bugs in our Museum’s garden, called The Garden Project. During our Garden Project workshop times, little ones will explore the wonderful world of gardening. With shovels and diggers in tow, your child will learn the beauty in the outdoors while being led by one of our Teaching Artists in outdoor art making activities.

What is it?

The New Children’s Museum presents The Garden Project: Green Car presented in part by SDG&E’s Power Your Drive campaign. This unique car sculpture was designed and fabricated by the Museum’s Artist staff and serves as a symbolic piece of art to connect clean energy and electric vehicles to environmental sustainability. The Garden Project is a space for children and families to explore, relax and be introduced to clean energy. It also serves as an educational tool to teach students about environmental and social responsibility.

How do we do it?

The Museum will host various public programs around the theme of sustainability and the Power Your Drive campaign, such as Toddler Time and Mass Creativity.  Our Arts Education team will develop a curriculum based on this clean energy initiative to share with over 12,000 school children who participate in our School Visit program each year

Why is it important?

The Garden Project helps our visitors learn about clean energy and how to better care for our environment. Broader messages also include conservation, sustainability and climate action, as well as environmental and social responsibility.

About the artist and sculpture

Our Green Car was built by Isabel “Izzy” Halpern, a Teaching Artist at The New Children’s Museum. Her past project Wire People, made from curved PVC pipe, metal wire and repurposed electrical wires, served as inspiration for the Power Your Drive sculpture.

Lesson Plans

Interested in exploring clean energy with your students? Check out our lesson plans inspired by The Garden Project: Green Car funded in part by SDG&E’s Power Your Drive campaign.

Layered Landscapes

Create a landscape collage representing the use of clean energy.

Car of the Future

Use recyclable materials to construct a car of the future whose features directly solve an identified problem.

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