Workshops and Classes

 Free Classes, Workshops, and Contests

WaterSmart Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshop

Based on the award winning A Homeowner's Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape, the San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are offering free, three-hour workshops to teach homeowners the basics of how to do a landscape makeover. Topics include soil, design, turf removal, plant selection, planning, irrigation, rainwater catchment and implementation -- all the elements needed to convert high-water-use turf to a beautiful, water-efficient landscape.

The objective of the program is to empower homeowners to take action to upgrade their existing water-intensive landscapes to WaterSmart standards, leading to significant water and energy savings.

Oceanside will be hosting its last class of 2016 on November 19, from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm at The El Corazon Senior Center located at 3302 Senior Center Dr. 

To register for a class, click here or email with your name, email and phone number.

For more information on this class and other WaterSmart workshops please visit


WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Workshop Series

A FREE series of four workshops that gives homeowners the basic hands-on skills necessary to turn a traditional turf yard into a beautiful, water saving, California-friendly landscape. Includes one-on-one consultations with professional designers and a site visit to your property to measure the turf area. A scaled, blank site plan of your turf removal area is provided at no charge.

Seating is limited.  Advance registration is required. Classes are kept small, so register today!
For more information: Landscape Makeover


Home Grown Gardening Classes

Home Grown Gardening classes, provided by AgriService, were developed to help homeowners learn how to garden and grow food in their own yards or community gardens. The classes are held at the El Corazon Compost Facility or the El Corazon Senior Center on the fourth Saturday of each month at 10:00 am.

Click here for more information and class schedule.


El Cajon Conservation Garden Classes

The El Cajon Conservation Garden offers a variety of classes and events to help you learn to be more water-wise! 

Make the most of the fall planting season with The Garden’s Horticulture Director, Clayton Tschudy. Planning and early preparation are the keys to a sustainable, low water garden, and an extraordinary spring bloom. A few easy tricks will transform your average yard into a showstopper!  Class will be held October 1, 2016, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Garden Members FREE; Non-Members $10.  Register online by visiting

Please call if online registration is closed as there may be last minute cancellations - (619) 660-0614.

On November 12, 2016, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, The Garden will be hosting a Succulent Centerpiece Making class.

Just in time for the holidays! The Garden’s Docent Succulent Team will provide everything you need to make a beautiful succulent piece for your Thanksgiving table or next dinner party. Limited space available.

Cost $30 for materials.  Register online at

Please call if online registration is closed as there may be last minute cancellations - (619) 660-0614.

Be sure to check out their website for a list of monthly themed tours.    

Free Garden tours are usually given every Saturday at 10:00 am.

Click here for more information about the garden and a full list of classes!