Garden Tours & Field Trips

Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore the unique collections of the Botanical Garden on your own self-guided audio tour. Introductions to our major botanical collections will add depth to your walk by offering insights to the thoughtful and biodiverse plantings here. There’s no path you need to follow, just select the track for the area of the map you are in. Click here to begin.

Docent-Led Tours

***Amidst current global health concerns, we are not currently holding any events or tours. The Botanical Garden remains open and you may visit on your own. Thank you for your patience. We hope to be able to provide these services again soon.***

Explore a living museum that is home to unique collections of plants from around the world! Learn about the diverse plants and animals that live in this urban oasis, as well as its history and plans for the future. Tours last approximately one hour.

• A free drop-in tour is offered the first Saturday of every month from 1-2pm. It starts at the La Kretz Garden Pavilion.

• The Garden also offers free private tours to 1st – 12th grade students, office retreats, summer camps, church groups, retirement communities, scouts, and other groups of 10-50 people. Please allow at least two weeks notice for scheduling a tour. Tours of more than 30 people may require additional time to coordinate. For groups with children or students, we ask that you have a chaperone to student ratio of at least 1:10. In the event of rain, the tour will be canceled and may be rescheduled.

Tour Request Form

Location / Parking

Tours meet at the La Kretz Garden Pavilion Courtyard (707 Tiverton Ave. Los Angeles California, 90095). There are restrooms located here.

Visitors can park in UCLA parking lot 2 (payment required) near the Westholme Avenue entrance to campus, or at metered parking spots in Westwood. Metered street parking can also be found on Manning Ave, which can be accessed from Charles E. Young Drive or Hilgard Avenue.

Busses can drop off students in a bus loading zone in front of the Botany Building located at: 618 Charles E Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Bus parking is available at the “bus turn-around” north of Lot 4 at Westwood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. Drivers must stay with their bus. This is on a first come/first served basis. Buses may proceed to the parking area after the passengers have disembarked at the Garden.

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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