The Mystery of Trees and Our Connections

A PASA collaborative program with the Botanical Gardens
SLO Botanical Garden – Children’s Garden
Saturday, May 22, 2021

May 22nd, 9 am – 12 pm 


Includes a full-day pass to the Botanical Garden
Please bring $3.00 for parking

Join us for a morning of nature and exploration at the beautiful SLO Botanical Gardens. We’ll be connecting to the mystery of trees, those gentle giants, companions, and teachers in our midst.  We will learn how we connect with trees – as food, fiber, and building material – and how this relates to our connection to the environment, our home, and planet earth. We will learn that there’s no well-being without nature’s well-being – it’s a reciprocal relationship and web.

Just as seeds are planted in the soil around us, the seeds of wisdom, understanding, and compassion are planted in our minds and hearts.  And it is our hope that children will answer the call to take responsibility as stewards and caretakers for protecting one another, the trees, and our home, Earth as we plant acorns to grow into mighty oaks at the BG. 

This family event is geared towards children in elementary school, however, those with children younger and older will benefit as we discuss the cycles of plant growth, reproduction, and ethnobotanical history, emphasizing the mighty oaks.

Brandon Hurd is an engineer (BS+MS) by training and an “ecologist cowboy” by self-driven interests to join the revolution in regenerating land and reconnecting with food. He is a part of The Lavra community farm as a garden and livestock manager and will receive his Permaculture Design Certificate from Santa Cruz Permaculture this spring. Currently, he is researching sustainable communities, agroecology, and ethnobotany.

Dee DiGioia is a Certified Mindfulness & Life Skills Coach and Educator, working with youth for over 35 years, including special education. Dee founded Mindful Kindful YOUniversity ( to offer mindfulness-based social-emotional learning programs to address the challenges learners face in school, and in life, which interfere with learning/working, relationships, and mental well-being. By setting the intention to practice mindfulness and kindfulness in our daily living, we can plant the seeds for positive habits to transform our inner peace and happiness.