Kids’ Events

Get outside and PLAY! We’re making connections with nature, one child at a time.

With a goal of “education through exploration,” the Children’s Garden is dedicated to teaching children of all ages about the natural environment, rules of ecology, sustainability, where food comes from and how to eat healthfully. Our children’s garden was built to work with nature to help conserve water and help plants grow properly. 

Join us Thursday mornings from 9-11am to work and play in the Children’s Garden.
This spring we are learning about weeds, mulch and planting!

For a full list of upcoming events visit our Calendar of Events page!

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is partnering with Outside Now! Learn about their seasonal nature camps for ages 3-7 located at the Children’s Garden and El Chorro Regional Park! Special Activities include: Sit Spot. Bird Language. Nature Camouflage. Finding and Making Homes for Animals and Insects. Planting  Seeds and Sprouts. Trekking among the Wildflowers and Tall Grasses! Learn more and register at

Our Friends at SLO City Farm have Saturday Gardening Days if you need to get outside and dig! Contact Tree Lees for more info about City Farm days:

CCFC_logoIt is with much appreciation that the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden  received a generous grant of $2,500 from the local organization Central Coast Funds for Children (CCFC) on December 17, 2016. The CCFC grant will directly fund outdoor science and arts based children’s education programs by providing class materials and scholarships for the summer Adventure Camp and Garden Fresh Cooking Classes.

Children's Garden by Rocki deLlama

Past Events:

Kid’s eARTh Day Planting Party
We’ll be celebrating our wonderful planet with this hands-on family planting workshop. Learn, Dig, Play, and taking home a plant of your own. $5 donation appreciated.

Garden Fresh Family Cooking   Watch the video!!
This is a great class for children and guardians to discover the joy of cooking fresh-from-the-garden meals, and features local, organic produce. $25 for child and guardian, $additional $5 per person. Garden members save $5!

Kid’s Garden Candy
Making homemade candy with garden ingredients is fun and tasty. Learn how easy it is to make candied treats.

Kid’s Super Sprouts
A great class for beginning gardeners of all ages. Get a jump start on spring plantings by starting seeds NOW!

Dream Catchers and Holiday Gifts
Create fun holiday crafts to give to friends and family! Learn fun holiday stories as we play in the Garden.

Fall Harvest Fest
Paint pumpkins, make masks, taste some garden treats and help make a scare crow for the Garden.

Fall Planting Party
Help the Garden grow as you discover the joy of playing and planting in our Children’s Garden! Learn something new and take home your own plant.

Garden Lip Balm Making
We’ll make lip balm and healing salve from plants growing in the Kid’s Garden!

Native American Gardening!
Learn how to plant a “Three-Sisters Garden,” play Chumash games and paint pictographs in the Garden.

Summer Succulents!
Squishy and unique succulents are fun to grow! Make your own tiny succulent landscape to bring home with you.

Colors of Nature: Plant Dyes
From bright pink to deep green, sunny colors in nature can be used to color your wardrobe. Enjoy a day of creative exploration as we delve into dyes. Bring something white and made of cotton or wool you want to “jazz” up with plant dyes.

Need more Gardening Time? Check out the schedule for the SLO City Farm family gardening schedule 2015