"The docents were well-informed. The hands-on materials and activities were exciting for the students. It all correlated with the curriculum that we are teaching about Native Americans."
- Mrs. Sue Pianalto, Third-grade Teacher, Castle Rock Elementary School, Diamond Bar
Sept. 2012 Native Partners School Program participant
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden School Tours and Programs
Stepping outside of the classroom and into Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is so much more than a scenic stroll when assisted by experienced nature interpreters. Participation in a school tour or program at the Garden is a memorable, meaningful experience for students that will introduce, demonstrate or reinforce many of the concepts presented in the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools.
Led by trained nature interpreters, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden offers walking tours and interactive activity stations that help educate students about the Golden State. Tours and programs convey the importance of native plants, cultures of indigenous people and natural history of California. Designed to engage students through hands-on activities, tours and programs align with the history-social science content standards for California public schools. School tours and programs are conducted from September to mid-June.
Reserve a Tour or Program for Your Students Today
Tours and programs fill quickly. Reservations for each month close on the 15th of the previous month. Payment must be made in advance. We accept MasterCard, Visa or checks made payable to RSABG. Sorry, we no longer accept purchase orders.
A maximum of 80 students can be accommodated on a one-hour tour or a two-hour program. We require one adult to accompany each group of 10 students. We ask that adults do not bring toddlers or infants to guided school tours or programs. School tours and programs are conducted outdoors and involve walking on uneven pathways. Advise students and adults to dress appropriately. Please notify the registrar of students with special needs.
Title I School Opportunities
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has received limited funds to supplement the cost of transportation and/or tour fees for Title I schools that participate in RSABG School Tours and Programs.
Click here for an application.
Thinking of starting a school garden or adding California native plants for beauty or habitat to your schoolyard?
Check out these Native Plant Gardening resources and don't forget, teachers or other individuals working on a public or school garden project receive a 10% discount on retail purchases (an additional 5% discount will be granted to RSABG Members working on a public or school garden project - - a 15% total discount)