Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is a proud participant in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission for active-duty military and their families between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.
Complimentary admission begins Saturday, May 28, and will continue through Monday, September 5, 2016, and includes all active-duty US military personnel and/or their immediate family members (military ID holder and/or up to five immediate family members). The RSABG is also extending the free Garden admission to veterans (admission fees still apply for veterans' family members).
To receive free admission to the Garden, bring your current military identification or family member identification or veteran identification card to the Garden's admission kiosk. The Blue Star Museum free admission offer does not include special summer events at the Garden including admission to the Butterfly Pavillion and Garden Groove summer concerts. Admission to all RSABG summer events is available with purchases of standard event ticket pricing.
The Blue Star Museum program recognizes the efforts and commitment by military personnel and includes active-duty National Guard and reserve officers. The nationwide project is coordinated by Blue Star Families, a non-partisan, non-profit that sponsors morale and empowerment programs for military families and raises public awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life. The Blue Star Museums is a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 1,300 museums to offer free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016.
The complete list of participating Blue Star Museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
For more information about Blue Star Families is available at www.bluestarfam.org.
Birding at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Over 147 species of birds have been observed here at the Garden in Claremont. Join us for one of our free bird walks to learn more!
September through June; First Sunday of each month, beginning at 8 a.m.
Family Bird Walks are free to the public courtesy of our sponsor, Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guide books you have and binoculars. Limited loaner binoculars may be available to use during the walk.
Take a leisurely walk through the Garden to see and hear the numerous bird species that migrate through the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. Beginning and experienced birders are welcome to help find birds in the Garden. Our collaborative efforts usually produce a good variety of local birds, and we always have a great time!
Family Bird Walks are sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. There are no admission fees, but a free reservation is encouraged. Visitors need not be an RSABG member to participate!
Also check out our popular Family Bird Festival held in February.
Third Saturdays, beginning at 8 a.m.
Space is limited to 15 guests.
Join Chris Verma of Claremont's Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guides you have and binoculars if you have them.
This special walk is provided by Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont. There are no fees required to participate, however a free reservation is required.
Thursday Evenings, July 7 - 28
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. (this is 30 minutes later than last year) for picnicking and food service by Gourmet Gourmet Catering. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.
Enjoy the cool evening air at the Garden with great music and good friends. You can purchase food and beverages from Gourmet Gourmet Catering, Bert & Rocky's, and Last Name Brewing in the Courtyard the evening of each show. Gourmet Gourmet's menu includes a chicken taco plate, quesadillas, sandwiches, and hearty salads. Bert and Rocky's will be selling cool treats (ice cream flavors vary weekly).
Individual event ticket pricing:
Members: $5 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)
Gold Card & Acorn Level Members are FREE - Must show membership card at concert for complimentary admission.
Public: $8 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)
The 2016 Garden Groove concert series is sponsored, in part, by Golden State Water Company.
Did you know that some say Hollywood is named for the native toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), that covers the hills of the world's movie capital? In this exhibition where botany meets the box office, learn how California native plants have shaped movie culture, from Vertigo to Star Wars.
At this special exhibition, discover film stills, posters and other memorabilia from over 30 titles that spotlight California's cast of native floral characters. This exhibit will be showcased in the Art Gallery and in the Garden.
Art Gallery Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Garden Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free with standard admission or membership.
Exclusive Opening Night for Members Only:
August 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Things that Go Bump in the Night is a fun evening family event to observe and learn about plants and animals that are most active at night. Visitors follow Garden paths with a passport to visit interactive stations exploring the nocturnal world and its amazing critters.
This year's highlights include:
Live Owls and other Raptors brought to us by Wild Wings of California. Please note Wild Wings of California will be onsite until 8 p.m. each event evening.
The Parasitic Insects Show - In this very entertaining comedic "bug" show, children of all ages learn all about parasitic insects.
Live Wolves brought to us by Kimmi Kraus: Project Wildsong. These friendly canines to dispel myths and misinformation about wolves by providing interpretation and education about their important role in the ecosystem.
More details coming soon.
An activity passport will be issued as visitors check in, and can be stamped at each station.
- Please, no Halloween costumes. This is not a Halloween-themed event.
- Bring a flashlight. Nighttime lighting at the Garden is limited. Please don’t be one of the things that go bump in the night—bring a flashlight for each visitor and follow the designated event paths.
- Picnic dinners in the California Courtyard are welcomed.
- Restrooms and gift shop. The California Garden Gift Shop and restrooms will remain open throughout the evening.
- Gates will open from 5:30 until 7 p.m. The admission kiosk will be staffed until 9 p.m. Call (909) 625-8767 ext. 224 for more information.