San Francisco Botanical GardenAbout San Francisco Botanical Garden

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

Youth Education: Teachers

The Youth Education Program offers a variety of activities for school groups, summer programs and teachers. Stay current on our California standards-based programs that help you connect your students to the natural world by signing up for Teacher Updates below. Also see Resources for more material to help plan a visit and prepare your students to explore San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Garden Hours

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


Guided School Walks

Guided School Walks
Let San Francisco Botanical Garden be your classroom this year! The lottery for Fall/Winter 2016 is now OPEN. For more information about these free guided walks for K-5 students and to obtain an application, please click here.


Self-Guided Walks

Teachers are welcome to bring students 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. Please contact us at (415) 661-1316 x 406 to let us know of your plans, and please be sure your students understand that the garden not just a park, but a museum with living specimens that must be treated with respect. Above all, have a wonderful time!

Downloadable Packets

"Nature Detectives" (Gr. K-5)

"Habitats at San Francisco Botanical Garden" (Gr. 5-10)

"Plant Adaptations" (5-10)

Garden Behavior


Let 'em get dirty

San Francisco Botanical Garden - Youth Education

Children's Garden School Program
Research shows that playing in the dirt does a body good. Hands-on programs are offered in our Children's Garden for elementary and middle school groups on a limited basis. Programs require active teacher and parent participation.

Please call for more information. (415) 661-1316 ext. 406


Teaching Nature: A teacher's resource collection for K-12

San Francisco Botanical Garden - Youth Education

The Library now offers a teachers' resource collection devoted to children's nature education! Topics include K-12 lesson plans, math and science in the garden, games, crafts, ecoliteracy, school gardens and more. Also available are children's booklists by subject and a list of free online resources. Use your Garden library card to check out books for your classroom. Visit the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture today to enjoy this collection for educators, parents and children.


Summer Programs

"From Acorn to Oak" Summer Program for Groups
Summer camp and daycare groups can sign up to participate in a one-day garden program based in our Children's Garden. Designed for K-5 students, this program runs from mid-June through mid-August, weekdays from 10 – 2 pm. Maximum group size is 45 children.

"Garden Explorers" Summer Program for Groups
Children explore the Botanical Garden in small groups with a guide, observing, collecting and sketching. Following the hike, children create a special project to take home, based on their experiences in the garden. This program is designed for groups wishing a shorter program – two hours on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday mornings in June and July. Twelve to thirty children can be accommodated on one day.

For more information please call (415) 661-1316 ext 406


Garden Orientations for Teachers

Have you thought about leading your students on a visit to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, but just don't know where to start? Call us to arrange a garden orientation for you and your colleagues, to help you make the most of your visits! These free programs can be scheduled after school, a minimum of 7 teachers is required. Please call for more information. (415) 661-1316 ext. 406.


Professional Development

Ecoliteracy at SFUSD: Summer Institute for K-2 Teachers Science in the Park June 6 - 10, 2016
Presented by: San Francisco Botanical Garden and California Academy of Sciences for teachers of pre-K through 2nd grade.

Escape from your classroom and spend a week in the park!
Explore the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the California Academy of Sciences, and Golden Gate Park. This immersive week-long workshop will provide you with the tools, techniques, and confidence to give your students meaningful outdoor learning experiences. Stipend provided, more information here.


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.

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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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