San Francisco Botanical GardenSan Francisco Botanical Garden Education

Annette Huddle
Director of Youth Ed.
(415) 661-1316, ext 407

Guided School Walks

You and your students can enjoy an exciting and educational garden exploration by participating in our Guided School Walk Program. These popular free walks, led by our engaging docents, are offered for elementary school students throughout the school year. Dates are assigned through two lotteries – one in mid-September and one in mid-December. If you have been assigned a walk date, find out how to prepare for your guided walk.

Guided School Walks

Registration Details

Each teacher is eligible for one walk per year. Teachers who register for the fall but who do not get a walk date are eligible to reapply for the spring. All teachers, regardless of number of visits in earlier years, have an equal chance of obtaining a walk date. All registrations received by the last day of the registration period will be entered into a lottery, and teachers will be notified of the results by early January. We accept by mail or fax only.


Our Walks

First Look at Plants   |   Grades K–1
Experience the variety of plant colors, shapes, and textures. Learn about the basic parts of plants and their functions.

Flower Walk   |   Grades 2–5
Discover how buds become flowers and flowers become fruit. Learn about the pollinators who help plants make seeds. available spring only

Plant Travelers   |   Grades 2–5
Wind, water, and animals are three ways plants disperse seeds. Explore the diversity of seed shape and structure. available fall only

Web of Life   |   Grades 2–5
Learn about the interdependence of the plants and animals in the Garden's varied ecosystems.

The Redwood Trail   |   Grades 3–5
Investigate the diversity of plants in the redwood forest. Explore the interrelationships of plants, animals, and their environment.

Native People, Native Plants   |   Grades 3–5
Discover plants the indigenous peoples of California have used for food, medicine, clothing, entertainment, and shelter.

Guided School Walk

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ADMISSION  FREE for all SF City & County Residents, Members & School Groups     /     $7 Non-residents     /     Discounted fee: Seniors & Children

LOCATION Entrances at the corner of 9th Ave at Lincoln Way & at MLK Jr. Dr. off the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park

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