Bay Area Botanical Gardens and Arboretums
These bay area botanical gardens and arboretum field trip destinations have
been recommended by homeschooling parents and kids. If you have a favorite
that isn't listed here please call us at 650-365-9425 or
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1156 High St (at Empire Grade, between the campus main and west entrances) Santa Cruz, CA
Telephone: (831) 427-2998
Hours: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: All events are free, except as noted on website.
40 acres of plants including South African and Australian plants not available
in any other American botanical garden. Call to arrange for docent tour.
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA
Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Call for special events.)
Admission: Call for prices - varies depending on event.
40 acre estate in the Oakland hills built by coal and lumber baron
Alexander Dunsmuir for his bride.
Docent tours of mansion & grounds Wednesday 11 a.m. - noon.
Tickets: $5.00/adults; $4.00/youth (11-16);
Children 13 and under free.
Family Sundays through October include mansion tour and lawn party with turn-of-the-century entertainment.
1st & 3rd Sundays of month 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. $5/adults, $4/kid ages 6-13,
free for kids under 6.
86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA
Telephone: (650) 364-8300
Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays, February 7 — October 21, 2012
Admission: $15/adult; Students: $5.
Our presentations are geared toward the 4th grade state curriculum, but we do take
children in grades 2-5, and adapt the presentation to the age level and curriculum
Filoli serves thousands of school children and teachers each year through three
- Nature Education Hikes (Grades 2-6),
- House and Garden Tours (Grade 4),
- Native Plants/Native Ways (Grade 4)
- Teacher's Guides (Grades 1-4).
Muir Woods, Mill Valley, CA
Telephone: (415) 331-1540
Hours: Open daily sunrise to sunset.
Admission: $5/adult; Kids under 15 are free.
Visit a grove of majestic redwoods, the tallest tree species in the
world. Visitors center has information displays.
21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays; 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekends.
Admission: $5.00/adults, $3.50/students (5-17), children 4 and under are free.
Considered to be the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan.
Created in 1917 by gardener who worked for the Emperor. Imported dwarf
pines and maples, curving pathways that wind past 2 tea houses, stone
lanterns, koi ponds, wisteria arbors. Self guided tours available.
9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-661-1316, ext. 303
Hours: Open 365 days a year, Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hours: Call (Children's Storytime 1st & 3rd Sundays at 10:30 a.m.)
Beautiful botanical gardens with a variety of plant life. Children's
Story Time and special family walks in the gardens are offered for
kids 4-8 and their parents.