The Conservatory offers Bay Area students free guided tours for 3rd-5th grade classes and free self-guided visits for TK-12th grade school groups, preschools, and college classes.

Bay Area school groups have free admission to the Conservatory with advance reservations. School groups must have a 1:6 ratio of chaperone to student.


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 36 students. Tours are held September through May at 10:00 a.m. and admission fees are waived. Teachers can only schedule these guided tours online.

Teacher Prep Materials COF Adaptation Tour



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

TK-5th Grade

Explore the rainforest with the Tropical Trekkers! This booklet is filled with activities, coloring pages, and fun facts to engage young visitors in the wonders of tropical plants. The booklet is available to all elementary-aged children visiting on a field trip or with their family.

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 cannot visit on free day, which is the first Tuesday of every month.

To reserve a self-guided field trip for your class, please contact our Visitor Engagement team at groups(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


Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from another side of the world, or a classroom of budding botanists, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate up-close experience with rare and endangered plants unlike any other. Come see what treasures await you!

Golden Gate Park | 100 John F. Kennedy Drive | San Francisco, CA 94118 | 415-831-2090