School Programs

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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.

California Common Common Core State Standards, California Environmental Education Initiative (EEI), and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Due to restrictions and limitations revolving around COVID-19, the Garden is not offering school field trips for the remainder of 2020. Please check back later to for our virtual lessons.


2019-2020 School Program Guide

Topics addressed during our school programs include: structure, function, and growth requirements of plants; ecology and adaptations; and Chumash uses of native plants.

Tour Discounts

Classes with over 50% of students on free or reduced lunches are eligible to receive a 50% reduction on tour fees as well as a reimbursement on bus costs. Regardless of lunch status, full bus reimbursements are available for any school that schedules a field trip in the month of October. Financial assistance requests will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis as funding is available.


For questions about school tours, please contact our Youth & Family Programs Manager or call (805) 682-4726 ext. 161. Tour payment is due 30 days after you make your reservation. Cancellations must be received at least two weeks prior to tour for a full refund. Cancellations within two weeks of your tour date will receive a 75% refund.