School Programs

The Garden's school programs introduce children to the wonders of nature through interactive learning experiences. We hope to encourage a lifelong interest in plant science and ecology by fostering an appreciation and understanding of the natural world.

Our popular school programs are designed to align with the California Common Core State StandardsCalifornia Environmental Education Initiative (EEI), and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


Click here to see how our school tours align with NGSS requirements for your grade

We offer 4 different programs: Nature Walk, Chumash Uses of Native Plants, Seasonal Focus Lab, and Habitat Hike. Each program is specifically designed to supplement curriculum for each grade. To register, please fill out the form below.

Click here for a printout of the Garden's school tours and policies

Our Docent-led Tours are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 9:30am, from October - June. The maximum number of students per tour is 30.

Dates are available on a first come, first served basis, so please provide at least two dates below. Prices in the registration form are based on number of classes up to 30 students. Space is extremely limited.

Please note that we offer a late start option (10am) for schools outside of Santa Barbara and Goleta. If you would like to take advantage of this late start time, please indicate your interest in the form below.

For questions about school tours, please contact [email protected] or call (805) 682-4726 ext. 160.

School Program Registration Request

Please submit individual requests if you wish to book multiple dates.

Late start is only available for schools outside of the Santa Barbara and Goleta.

School Information

(xxx) xxx-xxxx ext. xxx

Class Information

Max 30

Primary Contact

Please provide a contact for the tour reservation. This may be different than the Emergency Contact.

(xxx) xxx-xxxx
(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Emergency Contact

Please provide the information for an adult who will be with the tour on the day of your visit. It is necessary to provide a cellphone number in case of last minute cancellations or emergencies.

(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Additional Information

Please provide any additional information that will help our docents prepare for your tour.

If a financial hardship exists for your school, you may apply for discounted program fees and bus reimbursement. Financial assistance requests will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis as funding is available. If you are unsure what percentage of students are enrolled in federal free or reduced price meal program, please ask your office administrator. 

Please enter the percentage of students enrolled in federal free or reduced price meal program.