The Garden has a lot Growin’ On for Kids!
We are passionate about educating and inspiring children of all ages to be curious about plants and to develop a love of nature and the environment. Our mission is to instill a lifelong interest in nature and to understand and be respectful of our mutual relationship with plants and the environment.
Children love exploring the Garden using our Children’s Garden Tour Book. Designed for young readers, the book teaches children about the Garden’s signature plants and about Ruth herself. It includes suggested activities to make the visit engaging and fun. The Leaflet contains our very popular Garden Bingo game, a section about our plant of the month, and other activities. The content of the Leaflet changes regularly to keep our returning visitors engaged. Ask for it at the admissions booth when you purchase tickets and check-in.
Coming May 2021, socially distant story time for ages 5 and younger. Each week one of our fabulous volunteers will read a plant related storybook to our young visitors in the Garden. Sign up for our weekly email newsletter to learn more about start date and details.
We offer a children’s field trip program for school groups, Scout troops or homeschool students. Tours are aligned to Common Core standards and NGSS. The two-hour field trip program meets the California curriculum standards for the third grade but can be adapted for students of all ages. Girl and Boy Scout groups can contact our Children’s Education Manager for a list of badges to achieve in the garden. Tours require a group of 10 or more children. To make arrangements for your group, please call the office at 925-944-9352 option #5 /#1 or email our Tour Coordinator.
Creativity in all forms is important. Our arts and crafts classes enable children to express themselves through art using nature and the Garden as the inspiration, medium or location. No experience necessary. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Coming Fall 2021, Bug Safari, a program created by the San Francisco Academy of Science, focuses on the smallest beings in a garden and their importance for us all. Sign up for our email to get notified about start dates and details as soon as they get available for this program.
My First Succulent – Paint-a-Pot Craft Kits
Stop by the Nursery after visiting the Garden and you will find a selection of gifts and souvenirs for kids., including our very own RBG Coloring Book and seasonally themed Paint-a-Pot kits that include a 2 inch succulent plant of your choice. We also carry child-sized hats, garden gloves and a wide selection of small 2″ – 6″ plants and pots to grow at home.
Throughout the year, the Garden hosts numerous family-friendly special events. Most are free for children 12 and under with paid Garden admission for adults. Past events have included our Easter “Find the Bunnies“ scavenger hunt, “Aloe-ween” costume event and pumpkin hunt, Pollinator and Friends Day, where we released Monarch butterflies into the Garden. Garden of d’Lights is our annual holiday light exhibit that illuminates the Garden and night, transforms the Garden’s mature cacti, succulents and trees into magical colorful botanical sculptures. Visit our Events page for the most current listing of all Garden classes and special events.