San Francisco Botanical GardenAbout San Francisco Botanical Garden

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

Youth Education: Families

Children of all ages love to explore the garden with their families. Look here to find fabulous ways to have a great visit!

Garden Hours

Open daily at 7:30am / Closing is seasonal.


Bean Sprouts Family Days

Bean Sprout Family Days
Families with children of all ages can enjoy nature crafts, garden care, outdoor games and exploration in the Children's Garden a whole variety of activities to do at your own pace with help from garden staff and teen interns. Water thirsty plants, create a crazy critter, dig in our dune sand pit, or share a book in our Living Room.



Hunt for Treasure in San Francisco

Urbia Check out this self-guided adventure experience, now available at the Garden Bookstore. Follow clues in a booklet that makes exploring the garden more exciting than ever, and a special hidden box rewards those who complete the botanical adventure!

Developed in collaboration with SFBGS, this program is both educational and entertaining for all ages.

About URBIA >>


Why do plants talk to animals?

World of PlantsHow can plants travel without any legs?
Find answers to these and other questions in this web feature packed with fascinating facts, surprising information and activities for the kids.

Discover the Incredible World of Plants >>


Sit Down with a Cozy Book

Children's Storytime

Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, we offer a special Children's Story Time. Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook with comfy kid-sized cushions, a bevy of stuffed animals and lively readers. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led children's tour of the garden. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful setting. This event is suitable for children ages 4-8.

More about Story Time >>


Let's Get Reading!

Children's Books Bibliography

The Master Book List
A complete list of our Library's collection of over 1,600 books for children on plants, natural history, general science and more.

Download our Children's Bibliography >>
(PDF 1 Meg)


Get the Botanical Buzz on Children in the Garden

Youth Education PodcastYoung children learn by using all of their senses and older kids become engaged by looking for things. What better place for them to learn than in a garden? Annette Huddle, Director of Youth Education the Garden, explains in this podcast.

Podcast: Children in the Garden >>


Take the Redwood Trail

The Redwood Trail With over 100 plant species in addition to the majestic Sequoia sempivirens, there's discovery here at every turn. Try to catch the heady scent of the Western Azalea in bloom in early summer, or if you're lucky, spy a bright yellow banana slug oozing across your path.

Download the Redwood Trail Guide for your next trip.

Redwood Trail Self-guided TourThe Redwood Trail (PDF, 2M)
(For best results, print double-sided on legal-sized paper.)

Podcast: Redwood Trail Walking Tour >>

Podcast: Fog and the Redwoods >>


And be sure to check out...

Youth Education Program ResourcesOur Resources
Dig in deep to an armload of rich content...find book lists, maps, learn about how plants talk to animals and much more. Includes activities for classes and families.

Resources >>

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 | $8 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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