Garden Walking Club - Saturday Mornings

Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.

Relieve stress, boost energy levels, improve health, track progress and enjoy the beautiful scenery of California’s native garden on your own or with the group. Participation is free (Garden admission fees apply); register at the admission kiosk.

 "Although I have been visiting the garden for many years, the Saturday walks are the best experiences I've ever had here."

~Ruth Crandall, San Dimas

About the Garden Walking Club

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Walking Club was created to provide members and frequent visitors with the opportunity to participate in a safe, healthy and educational walking experience while enjoying social enrichment, community building, and the wonders of the Garden.

Walking club promotes:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Enjoyment and appreciation of our natural environment
  • Awareness of one's surroundings, as well as ourselves

Walking club is free to join and participate in; register at the admission kiosk. Garden admission fees apply if participants are not RSABG members.

Group walks take place every Saturday beginning at 8:00 a.m. and are approximately 1 hour long, meeting at the admission kiosk. Walking club participants may walk any day or time (during regular business hours), individually or as a group. Informal group scheduling is encouraged. Don’t forget to log your time, distances and observations at the admission kiosk. Specially themed walks will be scheduled and announced via email and posted at the admission kiosk. For more information send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (909) 625-8767.

Track your route and distances using the guide and map available at the admission kiosk, as well as trail markers located around the main pathways of the Garden.

The Garden is laid out in three distinct areas:

Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail: 0.5 mile around
(Or 0.7 mile total roundtrip distance from admission kiosk)

This loop trail highlights Indian Hill Mesa a large flat-topped hill of dense clay soils, heavily planted with mature cultivars and wild species of native plants. Traveling counter-clockwise along the trail you’ll pass the California Cultivar Garden, north mesa restrooms, Walter and Gracie Lantz Outdoor Classroom, California Natives Container Garden, Benjamin Pond and the California Garden Gift Shop and RSABG administration building.

East Alluvial Gardens Trail: 0.9 mile total roundtrip
(or 0.45 mile one direction)

This ‘out and back’ trail travels north from the admission kiosk along the East Alluvial Gardens found at the base of the eastern edge of the Indian Hill Mesa and includes the Desert Garden and the Coastal Dune and California Channel Islands collections. The trail passes the Tongva Village interpretive site and the Majestic Oak before terminating at the Plant Communities Loop Trail.

Plant Communities Loop Trail: 1.0 mile around
(Or 1.7 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail) (Or 1.9 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the East Alluvial Gardens Trail)

This loop trail is accessible from either the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail or the East Alluvial Gardens Trail. The northern 55 acres of the Garden are home to the Plant Communities with displays of some of our most impressive specimens in the entire collection. The large serene grove of Four-needle Pinyon, the spring-blooming California Flannel Bushes and distinctive jmlhua trees are found here.

 

Guided Tram Tour - Third Sundays

Guided Tram Tours

Third Sunday of every month, 10 a.m.

First come, first served. Seating is limited. 

Advance tickets may be purchased online - CLICK HERE

Tours are 60-90 minutes in length.

See the plant communities of the California coast and Mojave Desert in an hour! The RSABG Guided Tram Tour offers guided exploration of the Garden’s northern 55 acres and highlights the beautiful and amazing diversity of the California Floristic Province.

Tickets are available in person at the admissions kiosk or online. Tickets $5 per person; ticket required in addition to standard Garden admission or membership.


 

Luminaria Nights - December *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

Luminaria 2011 - photo by Marge RohrDec. *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; 6 - 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday nights.

*Friday, December 5 is members-only night.

New, expanded loop trail route! Over a half-mile of luminaria-lit trails.

Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa.

Click here to purchase tickets online

Plants Interact! Exhibition - July 19 to Nov. 16

Plants Interact! Exhibit
Saturday, July 19 through Sunday, November 16

Gold Card Member Opening, Friday, July 18
RSVP required by July 16 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (909) 625-8767 ext. 221

Plants Interact! announcement

Free with Garden admission or membership.

The Container Garden's new exhibit is an inspirational fusion of horticulture, science, and art that focuses on plants' interactions with their environment.

Step off the mesa path and learn about plants' interactions: reproduction and fruiting, grasses and wind pollination, succulents and water storage, and summer flowering plants. Each room in the Container Garden will focus on a different type of interaction with interpretive signage.

Things That Go Bump in the Night - October 17 and 18

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Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014, 5:30 until 9 p.m.

Friday, October 17 is RSABG members-only night!

Purchase Tickets for Members-Only Night Here

Purchase Tickets for Saturday, October 18 Here 

Come to Things that Go Bump in the Night and meet the owls, opossums, spiders and plants who rule the Garden at night!

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:

Wild Wings of California with several raptors including live owls! Please note Wild Wings of California will be onsite until 8 p.m. each event evening. 

Poppy the opposum and her wildlife rehabilitator Janet Chaney - Because, of course, 'possums are awesome! 

The World Famous Spider Show - In this very entertaining comedic "bug" show, children of all ages learn all about how spiders have adapted to catch their prey in different ways. Then, the kids' acting skills will be tested as some of them will become the spider and prey in a hilarious group of interactive theatrical "skits." This is fun for the whole family.

Kimmi Kraus returns with Project Wildsong to dispel myths and misinformation by providing interpretation and education about their live wolves, Ambassador Wolf Damu and Ambassador Wolf Cael, inspiring visitors with their beauty and with the truth about wolves.

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Opossum Poppy in the flowers

Wild Wings of California with GHO