Guided Field Trips

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s field trips are led by highly trained docents who understand a child’s curiosity, as well as the wonder and excitement of learning. The Arboretum is a living classroom and our field trips are designed to enhance the learning experience by immersing students in science and history.

Docent led field trips are available October-May, for grades 3-6.
Tours begin promptly at 9:30 and last approximately 2 hours.
Reservations and a signed confirmation form (sent to you following registration) are required.
The Arboretum requires a 1:10 ratio of adults to children.
The students’ admission is free.
Adult chaperones are admitted free of charge up to a ratio of 1:5. The fee for any adult over this ratio is $9.00 each.


Plants in Our World

This general science tour encompasses plant structures, adaptations, life cycles, and reproduction as well as exploring the interrelationships between people and plants. The Arboretum’s vast plant collections expose children to the diversity of green life around the world. Tuesday & Thursday only.

Download Plants in Our World Preparation (PDF)


Early California History

History comes alive as children learn about the lives of native Tongva/Gabrielinos, visit replica kiys, and understand how these Native Americans used the land for food, clothing and shelter. Students will also journey through the Mission, Rancho, and American periods as they visit a historic 1840 adobe house and other Arboretum Historical Landmarks: the Queen Anne Cottage, the Coach Barn and the Santa Anita Railroad Depot, all from the 1880s. Students will also learn about E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin, an early California pioneer, who not only once owned, but shaped the development of much of the San Gabriel Valley. Wednesday & Friday only.

Download Early California History Preparation (PDF)

So that the Arboretum is better able to meet any special needs that your school group may require, please indicate this at the time you make your reservation.

To make a reservation, please call 626.821.3212. For additional information please contact Ted Tegart, Youth Education Coordinator, ted.tegart@arboretum.org or 626.821.5897.


Self-Guided Field Trips

Self-guided tours of the Arboretum present a wonderful opportunity to enhance your classroom curriculum. With their teacher as a guide, students can explore science, history, art, or just spend a day discovering nature.

Self-guided tours are permitted Monday through Friday for grades preK-12.
The Arboretum opens for tours at 9:00 am.
Reservations and a signed confirmation form (sent to you following registration) are required.
The Arboretum requires a 1:10 ratio of adults to children.
The students admission is free.
Adult chaperones are admitted free of charge up to a ratio of 1:5. Any adults over this ratio are $9.00.

To make a reservation, please call 626.821.3212.

For additional information please contact Ted Tegart, Youth Education Coordinator, ted.tegart@arboretum.org or 626.821.5897.

Download the Self-Guided Tour Information (PDF)


Plan Your Visit

Review the following materials to help prepare for your field trip:

Field Trip General Guidelines (PDF)
Check In & Bus Procedures (PDF)
Role of Adults on Field Trips (PDF)

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301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA, 91007

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