Public Programs

school tours & programs


school tours & programs


CalBG Community Education is currently providing Covid safety protocol adapted tours and programs for school groups.

All student groups are limited to 5 students per group that is assigned a guide, with a total of 40 students maximum permitted per session. One chaperone per group of 5 students is expected.

Tours and programs will be available on Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning at 9:30 am from November 2021 onward.

* Masks are required for all participants during the tour. No exceptions.

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 (1.5 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 habitats.

one-hour tours

TK through 2nd one-hour tours are still being offered with smaller groups:

Transitional Kindergarten: Eye Spy

Kindergarten: Who Lives Here?

First Grade: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Second Grade: Diversity University

Click below for Guiding Questions and Vocabulary that will be used during the tours.



ONE and a half-hour programs

Two new one and a half hour (1 ½) programs are offered for Grades 3 through 6. These new programs substitute for the previous two hour “hands on” tours:

Third and Fourth Grade: Web of Life

Fifth and Sixth Grade: Adaptation & Survival

For everyone's safety, there will be no hands-on activities during these programs.

The Native Partners program is not being offered at this time.

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QUESTIONS and vocabulary

Reserve a Tour or Program

Request a School Tours or Programs reservation by filling in our online form - submit complete and accurate information to avoid delays. Advance reservations are required for guided school tours and programs and must be confirmed and paid for at least two weeks before the visit date. Requests will be processed in the order received and tours will be confirmed after payment is made.
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.