Garden Camp

Summer 2021

Garden Camp is back for an exciting summer of outdoor fun and learning for children ages 5 to 10. Connecting children to plants and each other through structured activities and unstructured play amidst plants from around the world, Garden Camp is a place for curious minds, active bodies, and budding artists. With experiences anchored in gardening, ecology, art, and wellness, we strive to enrich the “whole child” and develop deep appreciation for plants, comfort with outdoor learning, and a lifelong love of San Francisco Botanical Garden.





Become a Garden Member today (at the Family/Dual level and above) and receive a Camp discount! 



Already a member?

Check your e-mail for discount code.

Any issues or questions, contact

Have additional questions? 

See FAQs below or contact Garden Camp 

(415) 661-1316 x427

Garden Camp FAQs

Are there scholarships available for families in need?

At this time we are able to offer partial scholarships to some qualifying applicants as funds come in through donations. Please contact to request a Garden Camp Scholarship Application.

What is the class size and adult:child ratio?

No Garden Camp group will exceed a group size of 12. Each group will have two adults assigned to it for the duration of the 3 week session.

What does a typical Camp day look like?

Campers will arrive and check-in at the front of the Garden around 9am. After a temperature scan and a symptom check, campers will be permitted to join their groups.

All summer camp groups have the ability to change and adapt their activities based on what their campers are interested in. All groups will have gardening and ecology lessons, as well as arts and crafts to spark their creativity, and lots of exploration through the Garden.

Lunch will be eaten around noon each day after thoroughly cleaning our hands.

Campers can expect to be on their feet and walking much of the day and also to get their hands dirty! Between games and singing songs, Garden Camp campers spend their time learning and growing, just like the plants we cultivate.

At the end of the day, campers will return to the pick-up zone for easy retrieval and to re-cap their days.

What is your refund policy?

Within 24 hours of your registration, 100% refund is available. After 24 hours, cancellations made until one week prior to your camp start date qualify for an 80% refund. There are no refunds available within one week of your camp start date.

This policy applies for both camp week fees and extended care fees. This refund policy holds for instances of illness or family emergencies. Cancellations must be requested in writing via email. The date stamp on the email will serve as the time marker for your request and will establish potential refund, if any.

What if I need to change my child’s camp week after registering?

Change requests must be submitted in writing via email and a $25 change fee will be charged upon change. Each camper is limited to 2 changes per camp season. We will do our best to accommodate changes, but in the event that your desired change cannot be accommodated, the refund policy will apply to any cancellations.

How does drop-off and pick-up work?

Pick-up and drop-off take place on MLK Jr. Drive just through the Garden's Main Gate, to the right, before passing the bookstore ( see map here). There is no rolling drop-off for campers; please walk your camper into camp for appropriate check-in. Please note that MLK Jr. Drive is a busy street - please use cross walks with your children. At drop-off, parents/guardians will be required to share the name of the adult/s picking up their camper or confirm the name that we have on our list. Campers will have their temperature scanned before entering as well as going through a daily symptom check. If your camper has a temperature or any symptoms, they will not be permitted to enter the program. During pick-up, we will be checking IDs. Families will line up after checking-in with our staff member and their camper will be brought out to them. Thank you for your patience as we provide the utmost safety for our campers.

More information will be included in camper confirmation emails. Thank you!

My child would like to attend Garden Camp with a friend, is that possible?

Yes! Include the name of the friend during registration, or send an email to to make sure we know of your request.

Can Garden Camp accomodate children of all abilities?

The Garden is a place for children with all abilities. If your child requires an aide at school, please contact to speak to a staff member to learn more about daily schedules, activities, and to ensure we are prepared to meet the needs of your child. Aides attending with children will need to undergo a background check in advance of accompanying their camper to camp. We look forward to ensuring all campers have great experience; thank you in advance for helping make this possible by communicating with us early!

Do Garden members receive benefits related to Camp?

Yes! SFBGS Members will receive a discount code on standard camp fees and the opportunity to register early through a camp pre-sale, starting Febraury 15th, 2021. Discount code and registration link will be e-mailed to all members (Family / Dual level and above) on Monday, Febraury 8th, 2021. Any issues or questions please contact

How many sessions may I sign my child up for?

Due to limited registration slots and our desire to serve as many campers as possible, children may only register for one session of Garden Camp per summer. Thank you for understanding!

What is the Tiered Payments system?

We have shifted to the Tiered Payment system for our Garden Camp program with the hope that this will allow greater diversity of participants in our program from the community. The multiple payment tiers illustrate the true costs of summer camp at SFBG. Please consider selecting the highest level you can afford, knowing that, in doing so, you are enabling others to participate as well - and our community benefits from greater diversity. All campers will receive the same high quality camp experience regardless of payment tier chosen. Your selection is completely confidential. Tier 1: Most closely reflects the “true cost” of camp
Tier 2: Partially subsidized for families needing some support to make camp affordable
Tier 3: Subsidized rate, supported through contributions from individuals


1199 9th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122


Phone: (415) 661-1316

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San Francisco Botanical Garden is a public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.