San Francisco Botanical GardenAbout San Francisco Botanical Garden

Volunteer Services
(415) 661-1316 ext. 412
Office Hours: Mon–Fri

Share your Passion for Plants

Lead Visitors on Garden Walks

Would you like to introduce visitors to the plants and gardens of SFBG? Do you want to learn more about plants and their uses? Are you interested in the environment, sustainability and biodiversity? Sign up today!

Training takes place across two semesters, one in spring and an optional training in fall. Spring training takes place on eight consecutive Saturdays and focuses on the Garden's Native Plant, Magnolia and Cloud Forest Collections and how to be a great interpretive speaker. Fall classes emphasize plants from the Southern Hemisphere, which will be in bloom during that training.



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    Eight Saturdays
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    Carol Laughlin
    (415) 661-1316, ext 412
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    Fee: $75
    Some scholarships available
    Pre-registration is required


  • Continuing education in horticulture, botany, ethnobotany
  • Garden tours with curators
  • Lectures and workshops
  • Connections with others who share an interest in plants and conservation
  • The opportunity to support the Botanical Garden through volunteering


  • An interest in plant and enthusiasm for sharing that enthusiasm with the public
  • SFBGS membership
  • Attendance at all training classes
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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