San Francisco Botanical GardenAbout San Francisco Botanical Garden

Annette Huddle
Director of Youth Ed.
(415) 661-1316, ext 406

Youth Education: Resources

Check out these terrific resources to help you learn about plants, plan a garden visit, and get kids excited about the natural world!

Garden Hours

Open daily at 7:30am / Closing is seasonal.


Why do plants talk to animals?

How can plants travel without any legs?
Find answers to these and other questions in this web feature packed with fascinating facts, surprising information and activities for the kids.

Discover the Incredible World of Plants >>


Let's Get Reading!

Children's Books Bibliography

The Master Book List
A complete list of our library collection of over 1,600 books for children on plants, natural history, general science and more.

Download our Children's Bibliography (PDF 1 Meg) >>

Learn more about our Library >>


Hunt for Treasure in San Francisco


Check out this self-guided adventure experience, now available at the Garden Bookstore. Follow clues in a booklet that makes exploring the garden more exciting than ever, and a special hidden box rewards those who complete the botanical adventure!

Developed in collaboration with SFBGS, this program is both educational and entertaining for all ages.

About URBIA >>

Educator's Guide >>


Plan a Self-Guided Walk

Teachers are welcome to bring students of all ages for self-guided visits and admission is free. The "Nature Detectives" packet is available for K-5 teachers to help you make the most of your visit. Teachers from Grades 5-10

"Nature Detectives" (student version, K-5)

"Nature Detectives" (teacher version, K-5)

"Habitats at San Francisco Botanical Garden" (Gr. 5-10)

"Plant Adaptations" (5-10)


Getting Around

Map of San Francisco Botanical Garden Where Do I Get a Map?
You might enjoy wandering and getting a little lost in our 55 acres, but in case you need it, we have several maps to choose from. Full-color maps also available at the Gate or at the Garden Bookstore.

Printable Garden MapPrintable Garden Map

Printable Garden MapPrintable Garden Map with Bed Numbers


Our Bookstore

The Garden Bookstore

Get a Souvenir of your Trip
Dubbed "Small But Mighty" by the press, our charming Garden Bookstore has gained national attention as "the it source" for books and garden-related gifts.

Browse new titles >>

SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $8 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors, Families & Children

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse (Friend/North Gate) | Phone: (415) 661-1316 | Mail: 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122-2370

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