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.


  • $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.