Garden Camp

Garden Camp Summer 2020 is sold out!

Garden Camp is thrilled to be relaunching this summer in accordance with the City's Summer Camp Directive! We have made many changes to comply with the Directive that is updated regularly and will continue to do so throughout the summer as camp progresses. You can find the Directive here

Thank you to all of our families for their patience and understanding as we have adapted our program. We can't wait to see your campers in the Garden!





Become a Garden Member today (at the Family/Dual level and above) and receive a Camp discount! 



Already a member?

Check your e-mail for discount code.

Any issues or questions, contact [email protected]

Have additional questions? 

See FAQs below or contact Garden Camp

[email protected] 

(415) 661-1316 x427

Garden Camp FAQs

Are there scholarships available for families in need?

At this time we are able to offer partial scholarships to some qualifying applicants as funds come in through donations. Please contact [email protected] to request a Garden Camp Scholarship Application. At this time there are no scholarships for Spring Garden Camp.

What is the class size and adult:child ratio?

No Garden Camp group will exceed a group size of 12. Each group will have two adults assigned to it for the duration of the 3 week session.

Do you prorate camp in the event of illness or other circumstances that prevent a child from attending the full week?

Camp fees, including extended care, are per week only.

What does a typical Camp day look like?

While we are still adapting our schedule to fit the summer camp directive, we know that camp will still include the following: gardening and ecology lessons with their group, arts and crafts to spark their creativity, and lots of exploration throuh the Garden. Campers can expect to be on their feet and walking much of the day and also to get their hands dirty! Between games and singing songs, Garden Camp campers spend their time learning and growing, just like the plants we cultivate.

What is your refund policy?

Within 24 hours of your registration, 100% refund is available. After 24 hours, cancellations made until one week prior to your camp start date qualify for an 80% refund. There are no refunds available within one week of your camp start date.

This policy applies for both camp week fees and extended care fees. This refund policy holds for instances of illness or family emergencies. Cancellations must be requested in writing via email. The date stamp on the email will serve as the time marker for your request and will establish potential refund, if any.

What if I need to change my child’s camp week after registering?

Change requests must be submitted in writing via email and a $25 change fee will be charged upon change. Each camper is limited to 2 changes per camp season. We will do our best to accommodate changes, but in the event that your desired change cannot be accommodated, the refund policy will apply to any cancellations.

How does drop-off and pick-up work?

Pick-up and drop-off take place on MLK Jr. Drive in front of the Garden's Main Gate ( see map here). There is no rolling drop-off for campers; please walk your camper into camp for appropriate check-in. Please note that MLK Jr. Drive is a busy street - please use cross walks with your children. At drop-off, parents/guardians will be required to share the name of the adult/s picking up their camper or confirm the name that we have on our list. During pick-up, we will be checking IDs. Thank you for your patience as we provide the utmost safety for our campers.

More information will be included in camper confirmation emails. Thank you!

My child would like to attend Garden Camp with a friend, is that possible?

Yes! Include the name of the friend during registration, or send an email to [email protected] to make sure we know of your request.

Can Garden Camp accomodate children of all abilities?

The Garden is a place for children with all abilities. If your child requires an aide at school, please contact [email protected] to speak to a staff member to learn more about daily schedules, activities, and to ensure we are prepared to meet the needs of your child. Aides attending with children will need to undergo a background check in advance of accompanying their camper to camp. We look forward to ensuring all campers have great experience; thank you in advance for helping make this possible by communicating with us early!

Do Garden members receive benefits related to Camp?

Yes! SFBGS Members receive a 17% discount on standard camp fees and the opportunity to register early through a camp pre-sale, starting January 21st. There are no discounts available for the optional extended care services. Discount code and registration link will be e-mailed to all members (Family / Dual level and above) on Monday, January 13th. Any issues or questions please contact [email protected]


1199 9th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (415) 661-1316

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San Francisco Botanical Garden is a public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.