Youth & Family

Programs for children and families include family classes and workshops, and weekend and evening educational events. All programs for children and families are designed to foster an appreciation of nature that encourages a lifelong interest in science and the natural world. Information about currently scheduled family and children's programs is available in the Garden's Calendar of Classes and Events.

The Discovery Garden

This special garden, in the Arroyo Section,  is designed for visitors of all ages, but especially for elementary and middle school students. Our goal is to interest visitors in the spectacular biodiversity and complex interactions of California’s natural ecosystems. The Discovery Garden is designed to introduce several main educational topics, and many sub-themes, which have special fascination for children. You will find information here about California’s oak woodlands as well as the importance of freshwater habitats, while exploring the creek, stream and pond, and observing the oaks, redwoods, and chaparral nodes. The pollination garden offers the opportunity to witness bees and hummingbirds darting from flower to flower. Discovery Garden tours are included in our Docent-led Nature Walks for school classroom field trips.