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Youth Education

All school groups are welcome to visit the Garden free of charge. With 55 acres of plants from around the world, the Garden is a vital resource for immersive educational experiences in the natural world.

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School Group Visits

School Group Visits

We welcome all school groups, regardless of age, grade, or size of group, to come to the Garden free of charge for a self-guided visit. Please follow the steps below to plan your school's self-guided visit to the Garden.

We will be offering guided programs for San Francisco K-2 classes this fall, though our capacity remains limited. Please use the Group Visit Request Form below to register your interest in a guided program.

  1. Fill out the Group Visit Request Form. You can expect a response from us within 5 business days.

  2. Review our Group Visit Information Sheet and Rules and Behavior Agreement

  3. Download the Visitor Map

  4. Interested in visiting the Children's Garden? Click here for directions to the Children's Garden and check out our Children's Garden Activity Cards in English or Spanish for inspiration on how to spend your time in the garden.

  5. Plan your parking and transportation: There is bus parking outside of Golden Gate Park's nursery (100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, westbound). After unloading buses, your group is welcome to park along MLK Dr. wherever there is public parking – there's often space for another bus or two near the park's nursery.

  6. Access more of our resources below

  • Individual – $70 Unlimited free admission to the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, and San Francisco Botanical Garden; invitations to special member events; discounts on programs, books, and plants at San Francisco Botanical Garden and many local nurseries; free admission or discounted entry at many other gardens, access to the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture's Lending Collections, and more.
    One personalized membership card or digital membership card Admission: Free unlimited admission to the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, and San Francisco Botanical Garden Cardholders admitted to the Garden with one guest per visit Admission to all special member events Free or Reduced Admission at more than 345 participating gardens and arboretums nationwide - including more than 30 in California alone Discounts: Discounts on classes, tours and events 10% Discount at the Garden Bookstore and Plant Shop Discounted Subscription to the San Francisco Chronicle 10% Discount at many local nurseries Access to the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture's Lending Collections, which include the main collection, children's books, and teacher/parent resources. Details at
  • Family/Dual – $85  All the benefits of Individual level plus:
    Benefits for two adults and any children under the age of 18 Two personalized membership cards or digital membership cards Includes access to hands-on family programming throughout the year Pre-sale access and discounts on Garden Camp and Garden After-School
  • Garden Lover – $150  All the benefits of Family/Dual level plus:
    Two Guest Passes These one-time-use passes may be given to friends and family to attend special member events and for general admission to the Gardens
  • Begonia – $275  All the benefits of Garden Lover level plus:
    Two Additional Guest Passes (4 total)
  • Orchid – $550  All the benefits of Begonia level plus:
    Two Additional Guest Passes (6 total)
Teacher Resources

Get outside to play and learn together at
San Francisco Botanical Garden! 


Annette Huddle
Director of Youth Education

[email protected]
(415) 661-1316, ext 406

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