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Get outside to play and learn together at

San Francisco Botanical Garden! 

With 55 acres of plants from around the world, the Garden is a vital resource for schools, community groups, and families in search of immersive educational experiences in the natural world

School Programs

School Programs

*Due to impacts of the COVID pandemic, we are currently only offering self-guided visits to the Garden. Teachers are welcome to bring students of all ages and admission is free.

If you are bringing a school group to the Garden, please complete this form to let us know of your plans, and review expectations for Garden behavior with chaperones and students before your visit.


Be sure to take a look at these great resources to help you make the most of your visit!

Self Guided Visit Resources

Nature Explorers Activity Sheets – multilingual, Grades K-8

Teacher’s Guide - includes printable pages and suggestions to create nature booklets

Student versions in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog 


Redwood Scavenger Hunt – multilingual, preK-2

Colorful images help engage your students’ senses, with text in English, Spanish and Chinese. Print your own or request a booklet for each chaperone to borrow for your visit


Preschool Adventure Kits

These bags are stocked with all you need to engage a group of preschoolers in the Garden! Request the BUGS or BEES kit to pick up for your visit

Sketching in the Garden Grades K-2, Grades 2-8

Introduction to using sketching to build observation skills in the Garden. Includes general guidance and simple rubrics for five observation activities. 

Habitats and Adaptations – Grades 6-12

Designed for older students, these printable pages encourage observation and reflection on plant adaptations and habitats in the Garden.


Plant Adaptation

Children’s Garden

The Children’s Garden is a great place for students to explore and learn in a hands-on setting. If you’d like to know more about visiting, please contact Nichole at

Directions to the Children's Garden

Children's Garden Playing Cards (Self-Guided Resources)

Other Resources

Although we aren’t able to offer guided walks at this time, you can still access our teacher materials for the Nature Detectives Guided Walk program here:

A First Look at Plants


Plant Travelers

Web of Life gr.2/3

Web of Life gr.4/5

Native People, Native Plants



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

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