Garden Tours & Field Trips

What to Expect

Explore a living museum of unique plants from all over the world through one of our guided experiences!

Discover the diverse flora and fauna that live in our urban oasis and hear fascinating stories about the Garden’s past, present, and future. Standard tours typically last from 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Our education and outreach programs are funded entirely through generous donations from the wider UCLA community. Although tours and field trips are always free, please consider supporting the Garden’s mission through Gifts and Membership. Your tax-deductible donation helps us provide free educational programs, stay open on weekends, and maintain our renowned living collections.

Please note that your visit is not finalized until you have received a confirmation letter by email from the Garden. Tours may be canceled or rescheduled in the event of rain, extreme weather, or COVID-19 restrictions.

First Saturday Public Tours

The Garden offers free public tours on the first Saturday of every month from 1-2pm!

Tours begin at the La Kretz Garden Pavilion and are led by one of our fantastic Garden Educators.

Please RSVP here to guarantee your spot.

Group Tours

** At this time we are only accepting reservations starting the winter quarter of 2023. **

The Garden also offers free scheduled tours to UCLA students/staff, community groups, and other parties of 10-50 people.

These tours are subject to availability and must be scheduled at least a month in advance. To request a tour, please fill out the form below.

Please note, UCLA courses that also wish to utilize our outdoor teaching spaces should visit our Outdoor Classroom & Laboratory page to book their reservation and/or tour. For K-12 visits, please scroll to the form at the bottom of the page.

K-12 Field Trips

** At this time, we are only accepting new reservations for Spring 2023 and onwards. **

Self-Guided Tour

Bring your students to explore the unique collections of the Botanical Garden with your own self-guided experience. Please fill out the form below to reserve your date to ensure no conflicts with other events.

Garden Educator Guided 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 their 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 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

1st to 2nd – Flowers and Pollination: Students learn about the process of pollination and why it is important. The students learn through play as they pretend to be bees pollinating different plants.
3rd to 4th- Native Plants & People: Students will be able to describe ways Native Americans such as the Tongva/Gabrieliños use natural resources in their lives. The students get to do a hands-on weaving activity using plant material.
5th to 6th– Become a Botanist: Students become botanists for a day. The students learn what plant scientists do and why their role is so important. Students will have the opportunity to mount their own herbarium specimens which they can take home.
7th to 8th – Adaptations to Climate: Students explore how plants have evolved unique adaptations over millions of years to help them survive in different ecosystems all around the world. Students get a hands-on learning experience working with plants and observing the process of transpiration.

Schedule Your Visit

If you are interested in scheduling a field trip for Spring 2023 , please fill out the form below. At this time, we are only able to accommodate a maximum of 45 students per visit. Please note that your group must have one teacher/chaperone per every 5-10 students.

For questions about K-12 field trips, please contact the Garden’s Manager of K-12 Education Programs, 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.



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