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School Programs

Ecoliteracy at SFUSD: Summer Institute for K-2 Teachers

Make the Garden your outdoor classroom - a variety of school programs provided by staff, volunteers and interns will make the natural world come alive for your students! All programs are provided free of charge to participating groups.


Guided School Walks

Free guided school walks for elementary students are assigned via lottery twice a year, at the start of the school year and again in December. Teachers choose from a variety of themes and students explore the Garden in small groups with trained volunteer guides. Walks are available year round, Tuesday through Friday mornings. Walk slots for school year 2016/17 are now filled. If you are a teacher preparing for a guided school walk, please look here for more information.


Two to Five: OUTSIDE!

Two to Five: OUTSIDE! serves preschool groups with age-appropriate activities in a one hour program led by staff, volunteers and interns. The program is currently on hiatus, updates will appear here when the program begins again in 2017.


Children's Garden Multivisit Program

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 Gretchen Norrell at for more information.


Self-Guided Walks

Teachers are welcome to bring students of all ages for self-guided visits and admission is free. The "Nature Detective" packet is available for K-5 teachers to help you make the most of your visit. 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 contact us at (415) 661-1316 x 407 to let us know of your plans, and review expectations for garden behavior with chaperones and students before your visit. Above all, have a wonderful time!

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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