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 Bay Area students free guided tours for 3rd-5th grade classes and free self-guided visits for K-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

 *2nd grade classes may schedule a tour January - May of 2017.
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. Schedule your fieldtrip.

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 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. 

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 and observe leaf structures and purposes.

High School Handout

High School Teacher's Answer Key


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 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!