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Growing Green Kids

June is dedicated to raising funds to support the Garden’s Youth Programs.

Help us provide children with opportunities to learn, grow, and experience the awe of the natural world.

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That [first San Francisco Botanical Garden] walk opened my eyes. It was my first experience really seeing nature and realizing that plants are special. Nature played a crucial role in my childhood. At that time, I wasn’t the best in school, but I became motivated to learn about nature and by extension botany, zoology, and gardening.

      -Erick Monroy

Erick Monroy is currently a San Francisco Botanical Garden Intern and the Garden Coordinator for Alvarado Elementary School.

Why You Should Support the Garden’s Youth Programs

  • Your donations help us provide 13,000 children with free access to the Garden’s extraordinary educational and engagement programs every year. With your support we’ll continue to grow green kids.


  • Through our programs, youth and teens develop an understanding and awareness of their community, the interconnectedness of environmental systems, and ultimately themselves.


  • From Bean Sprouts Family Days – Saturdays April through October – and multi-visit school programs to Youth Internships and the Library’s Sunday Story Time, we have crafted our Youth Education Program to allow children from Pre-K through high school to draw on the Garden’s unique educational opportunities. 

The Impact of Your Gift 

  • 2,559 K-3 children and 84 teachers across 136 sessions participated in the Children’s Garden School Program – where classes from public schools make multiple visits for hands-on gardening projects and nature-study


  • 166 children and 177 parents participated in Library Story Time and family walks


  • 1,113 children ages 5-12 participated in Garden Explorer and Acorn to Oak summer programs


  • 5,199 K-5 children were served through the Guided Walk Program with hand-on learning related to plants, ecology and the environment

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