Garden Tours & Field Trips

Self-Guided Audio Tours

Explore the unique collections of the Botanical Garden on your own self-guided audio tour. Click here to check out self-guided tours.

Virtual Elementary Field Trip

Adapted to Survive: Exploring Plants through Nature Journaling
Explore the wild world of plants on a virtual adventure in the UCLA Botanical Garden. Be a scientist and create observations from home in your own nature journal!

Background
Nature exists all around us, waiting for us to notice and appreciate it. Living in an urban environment can sometimes distract us from all the remarkable living things that also call our city home. This virtual field trip serves to engage students with the captivating world of plants and then invite them to observe plants through the practice of nature journaling. This practice develops skills in inquiry, observation, mindfulness, and interpretation.

Learning Objectives
Students will discuss what a scientist is and practice making their own observations and questions about the natural world around them. They will consider unique characteristics/traits plants have adapted to survive in the context of the larger ecosystem. Students will utilize art and writing to document plants and reflect on the function of characteristics they notice. They will explore the therapeutic mindfulness practice of nature journaling.

Themes/Topics Explored
What is science? • Five senses • Connection to nature • Observations skills • Reflective journaling • Ecology • Plant biology • Biomes • Adaptation • Mindfulness

Teacher Lesson Plan + Request Form
Interested in booking a virtual field trip? Checkout the PDF lesson plan here and fill out this short form to reserve a time for your classroom.

Tours Led by Garden Educators

***Amidst current global health concerns, we are not currently holding any in-person events or tours. 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 scheduled tours to 1st – 12th grade students, UCLA courses, 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 (WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING REQUESTS FOR IN PERSON TOURS)

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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