Awaken Your Senses in the Garden (Primary)
Challenge all your senses and celebrate the wonderful
world of plants as you touch, smell, see, taste and listen
your way around the Garden.
Discovering Plants (Primary)
Check out plants from all over the world as we
introduce children to the wonders of plants. Explore the mysteries of nature in the Garden. Learn about the differences
among flowers, leaves, and how plants survive in nature.
Flower Power (Primary)
Why are there so many different kinds of flowers?
What are flowers good for? Uncover the answers to these and
other questions as we find new flowers, big and little, along the
Math in the Garden (All grades)
Flex your mathematics skills as you apply them to
the beauty and diversity of plants surrounding you in the
Garden. Look for angles, shapes, patterns, and numbers and
discover how botanists use this information to describe, identify
and classify plants.Activities will be selected to support grade
related mathematical standards of tour groups.
Available beginning winter 2006.
Plant Travelers (All grades)
Can plants REALLY travel? Marvel at the slingshots,
parachutes, hitchhikers, helicopters and other mechanisms that
propel plants around the Garden.
Greenhouses: Plants Under Glass (Grades 3 and up)
In our glorious mediterranean climate, few
plants require the protection of a greenhouse, but some do.Most
carnivorous plants and many ferns need more humidity than is
usually available here.Many desert plants abhor our winter rainfall.
Some tropical plants need more warmth than Strawberry
Canyon provides. Take a virtual trip to the Earth’s warm regions
as you take an in-depth look at these special collections, including
the Garden’s cactus collection which is one of the largest in the
country. It’s a wonderful diversion on a cool, rainy day.
Ethnobotany: People Using Plants (Grades 3 and up)
Human beings could not survive without
plants. Our basic needs for oxygen, food, clothing, shelter and
medicine are supplied by the plant world.Discover how people
in different cultures or in different parts of the world use plants
in their everyday life.
California Natives: Plants and People (Grades 3 and up)
Through traditional games, acorn grinding,
music making and other activities, investigate how California
Indians use plants around them for food,medicine, clothing,
culture and shelter.
A Look at the Tropics (Grades 3 and up)
Explore these exciting ecosystems as you
study plant life in the Tropical House and in the Mexican Cloud
Forest.Discover how plants compete for sunlight, how they handle
huge amounts of rain, and how they defend themselves in a
world where everyone is always hungry! See some of the plants
that provide products you use everyday.
California Habitats (Grades 3 and up)
Visit the Garden’s outstanding scientific
collection of California native plants. The Garden features some
of the extraordinary habitats of our Golden State, including
chaparral, streamside, alpine slope, redwood forests, desert,
pygmy forest, sand dune and pine-oak woodland.We will explore
various habitats, comparing and contrasting their unique characteristics
and the plants that thrive in each.
Pollinators in the Garden (Grades 3 and up)
Uncover some of the many ingenious, elegant
or even accidental schemes that have evolved between plants and
animals in which the business of pollination is accomplished in
the bustling Botanical Garden! Available beginning spring 2006.
Trees in the Garden (Grades 3 and up)
Trees provide background, structure, contrast,
and shade in the landscape, and offer an ever-changing series of
pictures throughout the year. Explore the tremendous diversity of
color, shape and size presented by the trees in our collection.
Water Ecology: Ponds and Creeks
(Grades 4 and up)
Compare and contrast the habitats of aquatic
plants and insects! Identify riparian plants along the Garden’s
creeks, and search for aquatic creatures. Learn about pond life
as we dip nets in the many ponds.
Around the World in 80 Minutes (Grades 6 and up)
Discover the exciting diversity of plants: big
ones, small ones, new ones, old ones, rare ones, familiar ones— even some from your own backyard. Take a whirlwind world tour
by visiting the major areas of the Garden including the New World
Desert, Southern Africa,Asia (including the Japanese Pool),
Mediterranean, South America,Australasia, Eastern North
America and California.
Diversity in the Plant World (Grades 6 and up)
Be amazed at the varieties of plant life as we
explore how plants have adapted to unique circumstances.
Evolution: Plants Through Time (Grades 6 and up)
Follow the long and exciting evolutionary trail
of plants as you examine living relatives of fossils and unearth
how we depend on them for our very survival. Be amazed
with the startling adaptations that have occurred in plants as
continents have drifted and climates have changed.
Foods of the Americas (Grades 3 and up)
our marketplace filled with
produce domesticated by
ancient farmers in the
Americas, including varieties
of colorful corn, tomatoes,
amaranth, quinoa and oca.
See how they grow in our
Crops of the World Garden,
Tropical House, and the
American and South American collections.
Cost of this special 75 minute program is
$5 per student. Offered for 3 weeks in
fall only. Enrollment limited.
Beautiful Gardening with Waterwise Plants (Grades 6 and up)
Acquaint yourself with fantastic plants from
around the world that thrive in the Bay Area. Most of these
plants come from areas with a mediterranean climate like
ours, and are therefore tolerant of warm dry summers.Many
are available on our plant deck and in local nurseries.