Self-Guided School Visits

Please refer to COVID-19 Garden Updates for up to date information about Garden offerings.

General Information

Discounts are available for school groups of 10 to 35 people. Under COVID restrictions, the maximum capacity for groups is 25 people. Due to limited parking and events, availability is not guaranteed. Groups must submit a reservation request no later than 10 business days before their desired visit in order to receive their discount. Dates are available on a first come, first serve basis.  You are welcome to stay in the Garden as long as you like and may bring in food and drink.

School Rates

$3.00 per Adult, Senior, College Student, K-12 Students
FREE Children ages 2 & under


Because of the geography and shape of our parking lot, buses longer than 31 feet are not permitted. If you are coming by car, carpooling is strongly encouraged because of our limited parking. The Garden only has 1 bus parking space.


There is no restriction on the amount of chaperones that accompany your school group.  We ask that for every 7 children, there is at least one adult present.

Blackout Dates

Youth group discounts are unavailable on weekends, holidays and special garden events. For more information, please contact [email protected] 

Garden Closure

If the Garden must close due to unsafe conditions, your visit will need to be rescheduled. The most common reason for closure is Red Flag Warnings which are called by fire officials of the County of Santa Barbara. A Red Flag Warning indicates prime fire conditions due to both high temperatures and high winds. We are required to close for Red Flag Warnings according to our Conditional Use Permit. Fire season is May through November, however this warning can go into effect at any time. Should this occur on a day when you have scheduled a visit to the Garden, we will call you to postpone your visit.

Onsite Activities

Garden Curriculum

See our Teacher Resources page for a list of curriculum activties that can be done both in the classroom and at the Garden.


For more information, please contact the Education Department or call (805) 682-4726 ext 102. 

Youth Group Discount Request


Group Details

Min 10, Max 35 (Max is 25 under COVID restrictions)

Primary Contact

(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Additional Information

Please provide any additional information that will help us prepare for your group.