Summer break is time to play outside! Summer camps, daycare providers and other community groups enjoy free activities designed especially for children enrolled in their summer programs.
Acorn to Oak
This one-day program based in our Children's Garden invites children to explore the natural world with our enthusiastic summer interns. Children love watering, weeding and harvesting in the garden, exploring the varied habitats and creating nature crafts to take home. Designed for K-5 students, this program runs from mid-June through mid-August, Tuesday through Friday from 10 - 2 pm. Maximum group size is forty-five children. Please contact us at (415) 661-1316 x 407 for more information.
Garden Explorers journey through the Botanical Garden in small groups with a volunteer guide, observing, collecting and sketching. Following the hike, children create a special project to take home, based on their experiences in the garden. Designed for groups wishing a shorter program, the program is offered 10 - noon on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday mornings in June and July. Twelve to thirty children can be accommodated on one day. Please contact us at (415) 661-1316 x 407 for more information.
Community and other organizations are welcome to bring organized youth groups of all ages for self-guided visits and admission is free. The "Nature Detectives" packet is available for K-5 teachers to help you make the most of your visit. Worksheets on plant adaptations and habitats will help older students explore the garden on their own or in groups. Also, don't forget to check out the extensive children's collection at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture. Please contact us at (415) 661-1316 x 407 to let us know of your plans, and review expectations for garden behavior with chaperones and students before your visit. Above all, have a wonderful time!