Self-Guided School Visits

Group Discounts are currently unavailable. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] Please refer to COVID-19 Garden Updates for up to date information about Garden offerings.

General Information

Discounts are available for school groups of up to 60 people.  Due to limited parking and events, availability is not guaranteed. Groups must submit a reservation request no later than 3 buiness days before their desired visit in order to receive their discount. To submit a request, please enter in your information below or call 805-682-4726 ext. 160. 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

$14.00 Adults
$10.00 Seniors (60+)
$8.00 College Students (with student I.D.)
$0.50 Student 3 – 17 years
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.

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

Plant Lab

School groups may book a staff-led Plant Lab as an additional experience. Students will get access to our Zeiss dissecting microscopes to learn and observe plant structures up close. Limited to groups of 30 students or less for an additional fee of $65. Scheduling based on staff availability. Please indicate interest in the form below or contact [email protected] with questions.

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 160.