Get outside to play and learn together at

San Francisco Botanical Garden! 

From guided walks and Children's Garden programs for school groups to summer field trip programs, the Garden is a vital resource for schools, community groups and families in search of  immersive educational experiences in the natural world.

 

School Programs

NATURE DETECTIVES

Free guided school walks for elementary students are assigned via lottery at the start of the school year and again in December.

 

The Spring 2020 application form for February - May walks, is now available and due by December 9. We are accepting applications by mail, fax or online form.

SELF-GUIDED VISIT

Schools, community groups, and other organizations are welcome to bring organized youth groups of all ages for self-guided visits and admission is free. Please register in advance to let us know your plans.

 

Worksheets on plant adaptations 

and habitats will help older students explore the garden on their own or in groups.

 

Also, don't forget to check out the extensive children's collection at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture

 

Please review expectations for garden behavior with chaperones and students before your visit. Above all, have a wonderful time! 

CHILDREN'S GARDEN MULTI-VISIT

The Children's Garden is the site of this engaging hands-on program that brings students in kindergarten through third grade for repeat visits as they learn about their place in the natural world. Activities are targeted for each grade level and include garden care, habitat exploration, and observation and sketching. Active teacher and chaperone participation is required, preference given to entire grade levels and multiple grade levels from one school.

 

Contact Annette Huddle at ahuddle@sfbg.org 

for more information

 

Summer Groups

**Due to impacts of the COVID pandemic, we will not be offering summer programs for groups this year. Please complete the self-guided visit registration form if you would like to bring an organized group of children to the Garden and we will contact you with the latest information regarding guidelines for group visits.**

ACORN TO OAK

This one-day program based in our Children's Garden invites children to explore the natural world with our enthusiastic summer interns. Children love watering, weeding and harvesting in the garden, exploring the varied habitats and creating nature crafts to take home. Designed for K-5 students, this program runs from mid-June through mid-August, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 - 2 pm. 

 

Register

Call (415) 661-1316 ext 407 or email ahuddle@sfbg.org

GARDEN EXPLORERS

Garden Explorers journey through the Botanical Garden in small groups with a volunteer guide, observing, collecting and sketching. Following the hike, children create a special project to take home, based on their experiences in the garden. Designed for groups wishing a shorter program, the program is offered 10:15 - noon on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday mornings in June and July.

 

Register

Call (415) 661-1316 ext 407 or email ahuddle@sfbg.org

SELF-GUIDED VISIT

Schools, Community Groups, and other organizations are welcome to bring organized youth groups of all ages for self-guided visits and admission is free. Please register in advance to let us know your plans.

 

Worksheets on plant adaptations 

and habitats will help older students explore the garden on their own or in groups.

 

Also, don't forget to check out the extensive children's collection at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture

 

Please review expectations for garden behavior with chaperones and students before your visit. Above all, have a wonderful time! 

Contact

Annette Huddle
Director of Youth Education

ahuddle@sfbg.org
(415) 661-1316, ext 406

ADDRESS & CONTACT

1199 9th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122

Email: info@sfbg.org

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.

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