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Docent Tours

Join our docents for guided tours offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm, and Mondays at 2 pm; no charge with Garden admission or membership.

Public Tours

Offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm, and Mondays at 2 pm, this general tour is flexible and focuses on the plants in bloom during each season. Participants learn about Native American uses of plants, the interactions of plants and animals, local geology, and the history of the Garden. Public tours are free with Garden admission or membership.

Private Docent-Led Tours

Private group tours can be reserved at least 6 weeks in advance. One docent will be scheduled for every 12 guests. To schedule a tour for your group on one of the following topics, please contact the Education Programs Manager or call (805) 682-4726 ext 111. 

We are able to offer several different topics including, but not limitted to, fire ecology, plant communities, native plant horticulture, and conservation. 

Click here for more information on School Tours and Programs

Become an SBBG Docent

Want to share your love of native plants with the community?docent leads school tour

Join us on January 10th for the start of our general docent training.

This training provides a solid background of botany, horticulture, ecology, natural history, and conservation as well as tools for public speaking and environmental interpretation. Learn with the experts and join our diverse community of docents during these five Saturday training sessions from 9:30am-12:30pm.

To join us or for more information please email the Education Assistant.