Our facilities offer a unique opportunity for teachers to bring their lessons to life. Field trips and docent tours give students an up-close and in-person look at ecology, botany and history.

Field Trips

The Conservatory offers guided tours for 3rd-5th graders, and self-guided visits for students of all ages.

San Francisco public and private school groups have free admission to the Conservatory with advance reservations. All school groups must have a 1:6 ratio of chaperone to student. Chaperones are admitted for free.

3rd-5th Grade
Adaptation - Plant Survivors!
Docent-led tours for 3rd-5th grade classes introduce students to the unique adaptation strategies plants develop to survive in tropical environments. The Conservatory can accommodate classes with up to 35 students. Tours are held September through May at 10:00 a.m. and admission fees are waived. Schedule an Adaptation Tour.

Adaptation tour teacher prep materials.

Educational materials for self-guided visits are available for all ages during the school year and over the summer.

K-5th Grade
Eye Spy the Tasty Tropics! This free activity sheet was created as part of the Let's Move! Museums and Gardens campaign. Students will explore the foods of the tropics while learning about healthy eating. Eye Spy sheets are available at the Conservatory's ticket booth to groups with reservations, along with a teacher's box that contains examples of fruit, spices, and maps.

6th-8th Grade

Students will go on a history scavenger hunt and complete an activity about rare plants and ecology.

Middle School Handout

Middle School Teacher's Answer Key

9th-12th Grade

Students will go on an evolution scavenger hunt, observe leaf structures and purposes, and complete an activity about Victorian era history.

High School Handout

High School Teacher's Answer Key

Victorian Era Activity (available at the ticket booth)


All school groups can make a reservation for a self-guided visit Tuesday through Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the school year, and starting at 10:00 a.m. during the summer. Groups can not visit on free day, which is the first Tuesday of every month. To reserve a field trip for your class or group, please E-mail Erika Frank at with the following information:

  • group name
  • contact name and phone number
  • date and time of visit
  • number of students and chaperones in group
  • grade of students



See an Adaptation tour in action!