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Middlebrook Center


A half acre ecological learning center, native plant nursery and urban farm located in urban downtown San Jose. The Middlebrook Center, home to the California Native Garden Foundation redefines how we utilize the land around us to provide the essential things we need to sustain our lives. It is a place of community so that others can witness, learn and share in better way of living.



Here are ways that you can get involved:


Become a Member

We love native gardens and we know you do, too. Join us in changing how Californians garden. As a source for ecological restoration and biodiversity, the native garden serves many purposes in our human community.



Please donate to the California Native Garden Foundation and join us in our quest to share our knowledge about native gardens, while we learn ways to grow and serve foods that protect our local ecosystems.

You may choose to donate to one of our school teaching gardens at our partnering schools or to our Middlebrook Center Headquarters


Become a Volunteer

We have an ongoing need for weekly volunteers at our Middlebrook Center headquarters as well as with our partnering schools. So if you’re interested in either helping at events, or want to come help out weekly (or both) please click here and let us know.


Become an Intern

Interns who come on board with us for a few weeks or longer contribute in many ways to our many beneficial programs. The interns who have worked with us have made an amazing difference. They bring their enthusiasm and their work ethic and skills and continually blow us away with what they can do.

The California Native Garden Foundation (CNGF) is a non-profit educational, research, and resource organization that promotes gardening with California native plants, our goal is to increase the popularity and use of California’s native plants in the designed landscape. We are devoted to educating the public and design community on the value of native gardens. Classes, field trips, lectures, garden tours, and publications are available to members, landscape professionals, and the public.

CNGF is the founding sponsor for ELSEE, an educational program for school children and the community that teaches sustainable urban gardening, life sciences, and eco-literacy. In the ELSEE teaching garden and learning laboratory at the Middlebrook Center, our curricula includes K-12 classes and summer camp, as well as community workshops. ELSEE is a land use model and flagship program for other teaching gardens replicated throughout California public schools — thanks to grants, and public and corporate support.

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Get involved in helping us make this a better place on earth and teach our children how to become more ecologically responsible citizens of tomorrow. Your donation of time, money and/or participation goes directly to The California Native Garden Foundation to aid in programs that benefit our children and our community.


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