Public Programs

school tours & programs


school tours & programs

Two-hour Programs
Walking tours led by nature interpreters with activity stations on Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30 am.

Two-hour RSABG school programs include Adaptation and Survival, Native Partners and Web of Life. Programs include hands-on activity stations and a tour through California native plant collections. Cost: $5 per person (teachers free). Minimum of 20 students; maximum of 80 students (except for Adaptation & Survival, maximum 72 students).

Native Partners: California Native Plants & California Native Peoples | 3rd & 4th Grades
Knowledge of the land and natural resources was the essential key to survival for California Native Peoples. Many continue to practice traditions and customs handed down through generations. The Garden provides the environment for students to embrace lessons about living with the land. Students visit a Tongva model village and participate in activities demonstrating how local native peoples selected, gathered, prepared and used California native plants and other natural resources.
Download Native Partners 3rd & 4th Grade Overview.

Adaptation & Survival: A Quest for Success| 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades
Investigate inherited traits among organisms by observing birds and animals in the Garden. Examine materials and techniques of nest construction. Compare and contrast some bird characteristics and chaparral/desert plant traits for clues to their successful survival in specific habitats. Questions and discussion lead students to evaluate how changes in environment can affect behaviors and traits of animals and plants. For the success of this program, we recommend no more than 72 students/ per scheduled date.
Download Adaptation & Survival 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Overview.

Web of Life: The Study of Ecological Relationships and Diversity of Life | 5th & 6th Grades
This program focuses on food webs, energy flow and interdependence between living organisms and the non-living environment. Students investigate some of the relationships between native plants and animals inhabiting various ecosystems. Hands-on activities include a pond water pollution experiment and owl pellet dissection.
Download Web of Life 5th & 6th Grade Overview.
Reservations for each month close the 1st of the previous month. For example, Oct. reservations must be made by Sept. 1. Tours and programs are conducted rain or shine. Dress appropriately for variable weather. Please carry water. One adult chaperone per 5 students required. Payment $5 per person (students and adult chaperones). Payment due 30 days in advance of tour date. Cash, check or major credit card only. Purchase orders not accepted. Cancellation and Refund Policy: With more than a 30-day notice, refund less 10 percent of total reservation fee. With 30-day notice or less, refund less 25 percent of total reservation fee. No refunds for participants who do not show. Refund requests must be submitted in writing.