Preparing for your Guided School Walk
Hello Teachers! We are delighted that you will be visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden on a scheduled school walk! Please verify the information listed in your acceptance letter. If any information is incorrect or you need to cancel your walk, please call the Youth Education Department at (415) 661-1316 ext. 407.
We are counting on you!
Once your walk is assigned, this time is set aside just for your group. There are many more requests for walks than we can accommodate so if you are unable to come on your reserved date, call the Youth Education Office as soon as possible at at (415) 661-1316 ext. 407. Another class on our waiting list may then be accommodated.
Last minute cancellations
If you must cancel the day of your walk due to an emergency or are unsure about canceling due to weather conditions, please call the Youth Education Department by 8:00 am at (415) 661-1316 ext. 407.
How to Prepare
Please be sure to review the Preparing for Your Walk document we send to you in the mail, or take a look at the PDF below to learn about the concepts and standards your walk experience will support. In-depth teacher resource packets including pre- and post-visit activities for each walk topic are available for download as well. Please have students wear name tags. If students have assignments to complete based on their walk, we ask that they work on these after the walk.
Teacher Resource Packets
For background reading and stories, vocabulary lists, and pre- and post visit activities, please explore the appropriate teacher resource packet for your scheduled walk. If you cannot remember which walk you are scheduled for, please email us to inquire. If you have any trouble obtaining these documents, please email us for assistance.
The day of your visit
Walks take place Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 (10:45 by special request). The walks range from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on grade level. For a safer, more enjoyable visit, we require one chaperone for every 8 children. Please be prepared to divide your students into smaller groups. On occasion we may need to adjust the numbers of docents assigned - we appreciate your flexibility. We adjust the length of the walks according to grade level, but plan on spending an hour and fifteen minutes on your walk.
Where to meet
Groups meet at the main gate to the garden, located near the corner of 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way. Please call if you're running late!
Lunches and backpacks will be stored during the walk. We have a designated area in the garden where you may eat lunch, or you may eat lunch at one of the recreation fields across from the garden. No balls or frisbees are permitted in the garden.
The N Judah Muni train stops at 9th Avenue and Irving Street. The #71 Haight/Noriega and the #44 O'Shaughnessy bus lines also stop outside the garden.
At present, the SFUSD Transportation department requires that each free field trip bus carry at least two classes. Please remember to apply for a guided walk with a partner class if you must request a free SFUSD bus to get here. We encourage teachers who can use public transportation to apply singly. If you must have a SFUSD bus to get here and none are available, we have extremely limited resources available to pay for buses for a few classes.
If you wish to make a donation, please give it to your docent who will gratefully accept it on behalf of our program. We suggest a $20-40 donation made out to SFBG Society. Thank you!