School Programs

"The docents were fantastic as usual. They all have a wonderful rapport with the children. This is one of our favorite field trips!"
~ Jean Merrill
Chaparral Elementary School, Claremont

Two-hour RSABG school programs

Walking tours led by nature interpreters with activity stations on Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30 am.
Two-hour RSABG school programs include Adaptation and Survival, Native Partners and Web of Life. Programs include hands-on activity stations and a tour through California native plant collections.
Cost: $5 per person (teachers free). Minimum 20 paid participants, maximum 80 students. 

Adaptation and Survival: A Bird's Eye View

This program helps students examine inherited traits (feathers, bones, beaks, feet) and behaviors (flying, nesting, feeding) that enable birds to survive in diverse habitats. A walk through the Garden offers views of numerous native and migratory bird species and taxidermy displays offer students an opportunity to study and compare physical features of birds up close. Third grade: Addresses life science standards for third grade.

Native Partners: California Plants and California Indians

California Indians have had a complex understanding of their environment that was historically critical to their survival. Today, Native Indians living in California continue to practice traditions and customs handed down through many generations. Participating in activities that demonstrate how California Indians selected, gathered, prepared and used a variety of native plants for food, tools, medicine and basketry, students can learn valuable lessons about living with the land. This program augments social studies curriculum on California Indians for third and fourth grade. 

Check-out Kits Available
Native Partners: Indian Uses of Native Plants
$40 for a two-week loan period
Two-box set includes display materials, an artifact matching game and instructional materials. Recommended for use in tandem with the Native Partners Program. Available by reservation only.

Web of Life: The Study of Ecological Relationships and Diversity of Life

Many species of plants and animals living in the Garden are involved in complex ecological relationships. Students will investigate relationships between specialized creatures that inhabit various ecosystems. Hands-on activities include a pond water pollution experiment and owl pellet dissection. Fourth through sixth grades: This program focuses on food webs, energy flow and interdependence among living organisms.

Scheduling a School Tour or Program

  • Reservations for each month close the 1st of the previous month. For ex.: Oct. reservations must be made by Sept. 1.
  • Tours and programs are conducted rain or shine.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Please carry water.
  • Two adults per 10 students required.

Payment

  • $5 per person (students and adult chaperones).
  • 10 percent discount if tour fee total is prepaid.
  • Payment due 30 days in advance of tour date.
  • Cash, check or major credit card only. Purchase orders not accepted.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • With at least 31-day notice, 50% refund of total reservation fee.
  • With 30-day notice or less, no refund or credit.
  • No refunds for participants who do not show.
  • Refund requests must be submitted in writing.

School Tours & Programs

"The docents were well-informed. The hands-on materials and activities were exciting for the students. It all correlated with the curriculum that we are teaching about Native Americans."

- Mrs. Sue Pianalto, Third-grade Teacher, Castle Rock Elementary School, Diamond Bar
Sept. 2012 Native Partners School Program participant

 

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden School Tours and Programs

Stepping outside of the classroom and into Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is so much more than a scenic stroll when assisted by experienced nature interpreters. Participation in a school tour or program at the Garden is a memorable, meaningful experience for students that will introduce, demonstrate or reinforce many of the concepts presented in the K-8 Cross Curricular Common Core Standards for California Public Schools.

Led by trained nature interpreters, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden offers walking tours and interactive activity stations that help educate students about the Golden State. Tours and programs convey the importance of native plants, cultures of indigenous people and natural history of California. Designed to engage students through hands-on activities, tours and programs correlate with K-8 Cross Curricular Common Core Standards for California public schools. School tours and programs are conducted from September to mid-June.

 

School Tours

Walking tours led by nature interpreters on Tuesdays. The one-hour guided exploration include A Sensational Walk and A Sense of California.

School Programs

Walking tours with activity stations led by nature interpreters on Thursdays and Fridays. Two-hour RSABG school programs include Adaptation & Survival, Native Partners and Web of Life.

Annual Teacher Open House

August 12, 2017. Free Garden admission for school teachers and administrators and immediate family. Explore school tours and programs at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Reserve a Tour or Program for Your Students Today

Tours and programs fill quickly. Reservations for each month close on the 1st of the previous month. Payment must be made in advance. We accept MasterCard, Visa or checks made payable to RSABG. Sorry, we no longer accept purchase orders.

A maximum of 80 students can be accommodated on a one-hour tour or a two-hour program. We require two adults to accompany each group of 10 students. We ask that adults do not bring toddlers or infants to guided school tours or programs. School tours and programs are conducted outdoors and involve walking on uneven pathways. Advise students and adults to dress appropriately and bring drinking water. Please notify the registrar of students with special needs.

Title I School Opportunities

Through grant writing efforts, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) may have funds to supplement the cost of transportation and/or tour fees for Title I schools that participate in RSABG Guided Tours and Programs.
Click here to download an application

Thinking of starting a school garden or adding California native plants for beauty or habitat to your schoolyard? 

Check out these Native Plant Gardening resources and don't forget, teachers or other individuals working on a public or school garden project receive a 10% discount on retail purchases (an additional 5% discount will be granted to RSABG Members working on a public or school garden project: a 15% total discount).

For more information please call (909) 625-8767 ext. 224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

School Tours

An Hour of Guided Exploration

Walking tours are led by nature interpreters on Tuesdays at 9:30 and 10 a.m.
Cost: $5 per person (teachers free). Minimum 10 paid participants. Free bus parking.

Tours include A Sensational Walk and A Sense of California.

A Sensational Walk

Students use their fingers, noses, eyes and ears to observe their environment and the sensory properties of plants.

Many of us rely heavily on the sense of sight to explore our surroundings. Nature interpreters lead students through the Garden and encourage them to use their senses to gather information about the environment. Sight, smell, hearing and touch all come into play as children are introduced to native plants along the paths. (Kindergarden - fourth grade)
Science Content Standards for California

A Sense of California

Explore the diversity of California’s geography, habitats and native plants.

Our Garden showcases California’s unique plants and their distinctive habitats. It is a dynamic place, constantly changing with the cool and heat of the day, the cycles of flowering plants, the migration of birds, and the infinite transformations in nature that come with the predictable cycle of seasons. This introductory tour of the Garden is adaptable for students of various ages and caters specifically to their quest for knowledge about California’s natural heritage. (Kindergarden – twelth grade and adults)
Science Content Standards for California

Scheduling a School Tour or Program

  • Reservations for each month close the 1st of the previous month. For example, Oct. reservations must be made by Sept. 1.
  • Tours and programs are conducted rain or shine.
  • Dress appropriately for variable weather.
  • Please carry water.
  • Two adults per 10 students required.

Payment

  • $5 per person (students and adult chaperones).
  • 10 percent discount if tour fee total is prepaid.
  • Payment due 30 days in advance of tour date.
  • Cash, check or major credit card only. Purchase orders not accepted.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • With at least 31-day notice, refund less 10 percent of total reservation fee.
  • With 30-day notice or less, refund less 25 percent of total reservation fee.
  • No refunds for participants who do not show.
  • Refund requests must be submitted in writing.

Public Tours of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Public Tours

For more information on any of these programs, please call (909) 625-8767 ext. 224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Whether you choose a guided tour or a self-guided visit, you can spend an entire day or an hour exploring the Garden, discovering plants or experiencing the natural world. Programs are available for adults and for school or children's groups. Looking for school field trips?  Read more about RSABG School Tour and Programs here. Free parking while visiting the Garden.

 

Free Beginning Bird Walks

First Sunday of every month September through June, 8:00 to about 9:30 a.m.
Free admission walking tour of the Garden sponsored by Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Read more.

 

Free Wildflower Walks

Weekends, March 25 through April 30.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m.

Guided walking tours with Garden nature interpreters featuring beautiful California wildflowers and seasonal highlights. Tours are approximately 60-90 minutes. Free with standard Garden admission. Tours depart from the admissions kiosk.

 

Private Guided Walking Tours

Reservations for each month close on the 15th of the previous month.
Fee: $10 per person, prepaid; $40 minimum.

Guided walking tours are available for adult garden clubs, social groups and other organizations. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is fortunate to have a dedicated corps of volunteers willing to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors of all ages. If you would enjoy having an experienced docent conduct an hour-long tour of the Garden for your group, please call or email for reservations.

 

Reserved Private Tram Tours for visitors with impaired mobility

Reservations for each month close on the 15th of the previous month.
Fee: $10 per person, prepaid. This fee includes Garden admission.

An experienced docent will narrate the one-hour tour. Two to 13 passengers can be accommodated. Please inquire for wheelchair capacity.

 

Self-Led Group Visits

Reservations not required. Standard Garden admission fees apply.
Visitors are welcome to explore the Garden on their own. Complimentary Garden maps are available at the entrance.