School Tours & Programs (2)

"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 13, 2016. 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 15th 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 one adult 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..

Self-led tours for schools and youth groups

Schools and youth groups may explore the Garden on their own, provided one adult accompanies each group of 10 children. Self-led groups must adhere to Garden policies and not interfere with guided tour groups. Complimentary Garden maps are available at the admission kiosk. Reservations are not required. Regular admission fees apply. Garden members admitted free.

Guided Tours for Scouts and Youth Groups

One-hour guided tours can be arranged for organized youth groups. If the group has a particular focus of study or is working to earn a badge or patch, an attempt will be made to customize the tour to suit your needs. We require one adult to accompany each group of 10 students.

Reservations: please call the Registration Office (909)625-8767 ext. 224.

Tour dates fill quickly, particularly in the spring. Reservations for each month close on the 15th of the previous month. Please notify the Registrar of any children with special needs when making a reservation.

Payment: $4.50 per person, child or adult. Free bus parking. We require payment in advance and will accept MasterCard, Visa, or checks made payable to RSABG. We no longer accept purchase orders.

Nature Detectives Backpacks

Focusing the curiosity and energy of children on self-led tours and first time visits can be challenging. Nature Detectives Backpacks are available to teachers, youth group leaders and families for use inside the Garden to guide discovery and exploration of the natural world. Backpacks contain a list of materials, instructions for use, maps, suggested routes, learning activities, observation tools, touchable props, story cards, seasonal Garden highlights information, and reference or story books. (Nothing too heavy!)

 

A limited number of Nature Detective Backpacks are available for check out at the Admissions booth on a first-come, first-served basis for $15