Public Programs

school tours & programs


school tours & programs

Thank you for your interest in our School Tours Program. Due to the continuing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have suspended all school tours to ensure the safety of our guests, staff and volunteers for the time being. We hope to bring back school tours as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we are in the process of putting together virtual school resources that will live on our website, so be sure to check back soon.  
Stepping outside of the classroom and into California Botanic Garden is so much more than a scenic stroll when students are accompanied by Garden Guides, our volunteer corps of knowledgeable docents.
Participation in a guided school tour (1 hr.) or guided program (2 hrs.) is a memorable, meaningful experience for students. Volunteer Garden Guides introduce, demonstrate and reinforce ideas included in K-8 Cross-Curricular Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools. Tour and program topics include sensory exploration and observation skills, culture of California indigenous people and their use of natural resources, the ecological significance and conservation of native plants, and plant and animal adaptation to habitat.

one-hour tours

Walking tours led by Garden Guides on Tuesdays, including Eye Spy, Who Lives Here?, How Does the Garden Grow?, Diversity University and our upcoming Origami in the Garden² tour.

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two-hour programs

Walking tours with activity stations led by nature interpreters on Thursdays and Fridays. Two-hour RSABG school programs include Adaptation & SurvivalNative Partners and Web of Life.

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CANCELED - teacher info Session

CANCELED-Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 3:30-5:30 pm

TBA: Online sign-ups for the Fall and Spring 2020-2021 school tours.


Reserve a Tour or Program for Your Students Today

Tours and programs fill quickly. Advance reservations are required for guided school tours and programs. Reservations for each month close on the first of the previous month. All tour requests must be submitted online. Requests will be processed in the order received.
Prior to requesting a reservation, please review the School Tour & Program Brochure thoroughly for descriptions, scheduling, requirements, reservation details and fees.  

Grant funds for guided school tours and programs are available to assist qualifying Title I schools with tour fees and/or transportation reimbursement. A reservation date and tour fee total must be confirmed prior to submitting the Supplemental Funds Application.