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Garden Camp: Winter Break 2021


Garden Camp returns for two short weeks of outdoor fun and learning for children grades K-5th grades. 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.

Please note: Winter Break Camp will include two different sessions per theme week: a K-3rd Grade session and a 4th-5th Grade session. This is to help us group students by learning level in advance. Thank you!

2021 Dates

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The hours of Garden Camp are from 9am-4pm. 

Session 1: Rare or Not

December 20 - 23

Session 2: Settling In

December 27 - 30


Please note: There is no Friday date for either session.

2021 Fees

Member Fee: $560/session

Non-member Fee: $700/session

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2021 Themes

Session 1: Rare or Not

December 20 - 23

This first session will talk about rare and endangered plants in the Garden and what we are doing to protect them. We will also focus on how rare we are, and spend time enjoying our unique differences.

Field trip: Conservatory of Flowers

Session 2: Settling In

December 27 - 30

This four-day session will focus on slowing down, mindfulness, and what nature looks like in winter as things come to a pause. Join us as we explore how nature adapts to lower levels of light, quieting down for the season.

Field trip: Japanese Tea Garden



Garden Camp has been thrilled to run throughout the ongoing pandemic. We have been able to adapt our program to meet all requirements outlined by the Department of Public Health for a safe and exciting program.

We are looking forward to continuing our commitment to a safe outdoor experience.

A few of our adapted procedures are listed here:

  • Campers and counselors are required to wear masks.

  • Campers are kept in groups no larger than 12 campers, with 2 counselors each.

  • Counselors and Lead Staff are all fully vaccinated.

If you have any specific questions or concerns related to COVID-19​ please check your confirmation email for more information before contacting us at

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Become a Garden Member today!



Already a member?

Early access link will be sent to Members via email.

Any issues or questions, contact

Have additional questions? 

See FAQs below or contact Garden Camp 

(415) 661-1316 x427

Frequently asked questions

Can I register my child for both sessions?

You absolutely are welcome to sign your children up for both sessions! However, our goal is to welcome as many students to Garden Camp as we can, so we recommend signing up with one session to start.

When does the Member access link go out?

The early access link will be emailed to Members on Monday, October 25th. If you register for membership after this time, or do not receive this email and link by end of day on the 25th, please contact

Can my children be in different groups, grouped together, or placed with friends?

This depends on a few things, but we are willing to be flexible and try our best to accomodate all requests. For Winter Break camp, we are grouping by learning level with two sessions per week, K-3rd Grade, and 4th-5th Grade. This will help us keep lessons age specific. 1. If your children are both in the 4th and 5th grade group, we are unable to split them. 2. If your children are split between the K-3rd, and 4th and 5th grade group, we are unable to put them in the same group. Please include "buddy requests" when registering.

Does registration open to the public?

Registration may be made public on Wednesday, October 27, if there are still remaining spots open.

Are there scholarship opportunities available?

We strive to accept all families at Garden Camp and have a few scholarship spots available. If you would like to inquire about a scholarship please contact Jessa Barzelay at with more information.

How does pick-up and drop-off 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. There are two cut-outs on MLK Jr. Drive that you may temporarily park in. 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. 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!

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 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 does a typical day at Camp look like?

Campers will arrive and check-in at the front of the Garden around 9am. All 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 for pick-up by 4pm.

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!

Garden Camp: Winter Break is one of our specialty camps.

For more information our our Garden Camp: After School program, please click here.