Children Benefit from Being Outside

Studies show that children are healthier, happier, and smarter when they play outside. Phil Hardberger Park promotes children who play and learn outdoors with over 3,500 children participating each year in our nature programs.

Our children's programs appeal to a range of ages and interests, and make learning about nature a fun experience. We hope to see you at our next event!

Upcoming Events


Children's Vegetable Garden

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Set at the park’s Historic Homestead, the PHP Children’s Vegetable Garden is where children 7 to 14 years old get their hands dirty as they learn every aspect of gardening, from planting to harvesting. With the help of volunteers from the Bexar County Master Gardeners, children begin each Tuesday morning with a hands-on activity in the garden, followed by a related lesson.

There are two program seasons — fall (begins in September) and spring (begins in February). Classes meet every Tuesday morning. Visit this page for Children's Vegetable Garden registrations.

The PHP Children’s Vegetable Garden is a cooperative project of San Antonio Parks and Recreation, Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Bexar County Master Gardeners.

Registration for the Spring Program will open Jan. 13, at 9 a.m.

 
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Starting Out Wild

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Starting Out Wild is an educational program that fosters toddlers’ love of nature. Offered to children 18 months to 3 years old, the program’s basic format has four parts, including: learning, investigating, a craft project and snack. The nature-filled lessons are highlighted with music and movement, plus a story on both ends. It’s a fun-filled morning in the park for the little ones and their parents.

Each month’s class is repeated three times to give you the opportunity to select the day that works best for you. Growing Up Wild is offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Registration for the next series of classes will open Jan. 27 at 9 a.m.


Growing Up Wild

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Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about nature and lifelong social and academic skills.

The Growing Up Wild series is offered for 4 to 6-year-olds. Class sizes are limited and registration is required through this website.

Each month’s class is repeated three times to give you the opportunity to select the day that works best for you. Growing Up Wild is offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Registration for the next set of classes will open on Oct. 28 at 9 a.m.


Elementary Programs

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Our Elementary programs give children a hands-on opportunity to learn all that nature has to teach.  Offered to 7 to 10 years old, its topics vary from geology, to wildlife, to trail safety. Set in the Salado outdoor classroom, each lesson is reinforced with a kid-friendly activity.

Registration for the next set of classes will open on Oct. 7, at 9 a.m.


Middle School Programs

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Our Middle School programs, for students 10 to 14 years old, inspire students to learn about and value the natural environment. Topics include earth science, biology and conservation. Because kids learn best by doing, each session begins with a lesson in the Salado outdoor classroom and continues with a relevant hands-on activity.

Registration for the next set of classes will open on Oct. 7, at 9 a.m.


Summer Camps

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Summer is better outside! Camps at Hardberger Park combine lessons with fun, hands-on activities to inspire a love of nature and a better understanding of the natural world. There is a camp for just for your child's age: 2 to 3 years, and 4 to 6 years old.


Phil Hardberger Park children’s events are constructed with help from our partner, Texas Children in Nature.