Garden Tours & Field Trips

Tours Led by Garden Educators

What to Expect on Your Tour

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

• A free public 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 scheduled tours to UCLA courses and other groups of 10-50 people. Please allow at least two weeks notice when scheduling a tour. Tours of more than 30 people may require additional time to coordinate. In the event of rain, the tour will be canceled and may be rescheduled. To request a tour, please fill out the form below.

Tour Request Form

K-12 Field Trips

What to Expect on Your Field Trip

Garden Tour
Explore the wonderful world of plants on a 45-minute guided tour through the UCLA Botanical Garden. During their visit, students will hear fascinating stories about the plants and animals that call our living museum home.

Interactive Lesson
Beginning in the 2022-2023 academic school year, teachers will have the opportunity to add-on an interactive lesson to their standard guided tour. In this activity, students will engage with plants directly through hands-on, grade-specific activities that align with California State Content Standards and Next-Generation Science Standards. These optional lessons will allow to students to make their own observations about the natural world around them while developing skills in inquiry and critical-thinking.

Topics Explored by Grade Level

  • K-2nd: Flowers and Pollination – Students will explore the anatomy and function of a flower and reflect on the role of pollinators. This activity includes a short flower dissection and a “pollination simulation” experience.
  • 3rd-5th: Plants and People – Students will learn about the relationship between plants and people (ethnobotany) and how we utilize plants for food, clothing, shelter and more. This activity includes identifying plants from the Garden and crafting a botanical sun catcher.
  • 6th-8th: Adaptations to Climate – Students will consider the unique characteristics and traits that plants have adapted to survive in different ecosystems ranging from deserts to rainforests. This activity includes an examination of transpiration, drought tolerance, and evolution.

Schedule Your Visit
If you are interested in scheduling a field trip for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact the Garden’s K-12 Outreach & Education Coordinator, Chantal Ochoa-Clark at cochoaclark@ucla.edu.

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.



© 2019 UCLA Life Sciences | Admin Login