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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 supporting Next Generation Science Standards will make the natural world come alive for your students! Staffed by volunteers, interns and professional educators, all programs are provided free of charge to participating groups.


Nature Detectives at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Free guided school walks for elementary students are assigned via lottery at the start of the school year and again in December. The application period is now open for walks taking place February through May. Applications are due in our office by Friday, December 14. Click here for information and application form.

If you are a teacher preparing for a guided school walk, please look here for more information.


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. 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 | $9 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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