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  • School Field Trips

    Thank you for your interested in school tours here at the Los Angeles Arboretum.  Guided school tours are fully booked for the 2018-2019 school year, however, we have many days still available for self-guided tours.  Please read below to see what options will fit your needs and interests best.  Reservations are made online only through the links below.  For questions about school tours, or questions about the booking website, please call Chris Orosz at 626-821-5897

    Self-Guided Field Trips Click Here

    Guided Field Trips Click Here

    Home School Field Trips Click Here

    Information to Plan Your Visit Click Here

    Visiting our Gift Shop Click Here


    Self-Guided Field Trips

    Self-guided tours of the Arboretum present a wonderful opportunity to enhance your classroom curriculum. With their chaperone as their guide, students can explore science, history, art, or simply 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.  Tours cannot enter past 4:00pm
    • Reservations and a signed confirmation form (sent to you following registration) are required
    • The Arboretum requires a 1:10 ratio of adults to students no matter their age
    • 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
    • For all other rules and regulations, please read our Field Trip General Guidelines (PDF) 

    Please be aware that our Self-Guided Field Trips are limited to 300 students per day except free Tuesdays when our limit is 200 per day.  Free Tuesdays are the third Tuesday of the month and due to the high volume of visitors that day, we recommend visiting on another day.

    BOOK YOUR SCHOOL TOUR ONLINE HERE

    No reservations are take by phone.  For additional information and questions about school tours, call the Youth Programs Manager at 626-821-5897

    To help guide your school group please download the Self-Guided Tour Information (PDF)

    For students pre-k through 2nd grade we have a checklist of different things they will see along the path as you follow the Self-Guided Tour Information above:

    Download the Scavenger Hunt Pre-K through 2nd Grade (PDF)


    Guided Field Trips

    All Guided Field Trips are full for the school year

    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 only
    • 2nd/3rd grade split classes are not eligible for guided tours
    • Tours begin promptly at 9:30 and last approximately 2 hours
    • We cannot guarantee extended trips for late arrivals
    • Reservations and a signed confirmation form (sent to you following registration) are required
    • The Arboretum requires a 1:10 ratio of adults to students
    • Student 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
    • For all other rules and regulations, please read our Field Trip General Guidelines (PDF)

    In order for our staff to better meet the special needs of your school group, please indicate this at the time you make your reservation.

    Also note our Guided Field Trips are limited to 72 students per day for October- February 28th and 62 students per day from March 1st- June 7th.

    BOOK YOUR SCHOOL TOUR ONLINE HERE

    No reservations are take by phone.  For additional information and questions about school tours, call the Youth Programs Manager at 626-821-5897


    Plants in Our World Guided Tour

    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 Guided Tour

    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)


    Home School Field Trips

    Thank you for your interest in visiting the Los Angeles Arboretum! We have two field trip options during the school year to enhance a home school
    students’ educational experience. These options include our Self-Guided and Guided field trips. For more information about reservations, please refer to the document below.

    Homeschool Field Trip Information (PDF)


    Information to 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)


    Visiting Our Gift Shop

    In order to extend the learning experience after you return to school, we offer a souvenir pack that can be purchased through our gift shop. If you are interested in souvenir packs or visiting the gift shop with your group, please review the rules below:

    • The group leader must go into the gift shop before the students enter to inform the gift shop manager that they are coming in
    • Only 10 students are allowed inside the gift shop at one time and they must be accompanied by at least 1 adult
    • Souvenir pack orders must be submitted at least two weeks in advance
    • One order must be submitted for each school for souvenir packs
    • Souvenir Pack Information

    School Docent Program

    If you are interested in becoming a school tour Docent, please see the link below:
    Become a school tour Docent (PDF)

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