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Children's Walk Guides

Connect Children with Nature

Every school year, our Children's Walk Guides introduce young children to the wonders of the natural world, often for the first time. Experience the Botanical Garden through a child's eyes and connect them with the environment through an exploration of the plants, animals and insects that flourish here. Our Children's Walk Guides serve nearly 6,000 schoolchildren grades K-5 every year.

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Being a docent for the Children’s Walk program at the SFBG is a wonderful experience. What an inspiring location to help children learn about ‘the web of life’ and how we are all connected: plants, animals and people!! It brings great joy, excitement and new knowledge to all.” Karen A.

“I’ve been a guide at SFBG for over 13 yrs. and still really look forward to every walk. I never tire of watching the children’s excitement grow over their discoveries of: how some leaves smell, how bird songs differ, walking amongst the giant bamboo, hugging the awesome redwoods…” Cynthia F.


Children’s Walk Guide Training

Learn basic ecology and botany along with techniques for engaging children outdoors through an exciting mix of hands-on classroom time, walk observation, and practice. No previous horticultural or teaching experience is required, but we do hope you enjoy spending time with children! Trainings are offered twice a year, starting in February and September.

DATES: February 5 - April 23, 2019

TIME: Tuesdays, 9am-12:30pm

LOCATION: County Fair Building
1199 9the Avenue @ Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA 94122
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COST: $100 ($75 for SFBGS members)

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CONTACT: Volunteer Services
(415) 661-1316, ext. 400
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“As a late bloomer into gardening and plant life, the training, the enrichment program and the sharing with fellow guides has given me a head-start into becoming more confident about leading the walks for children. To do this has brought so much youthfulness to me!” Wai C.

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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