Garden visitors may enjoy a self-guided walk during El Chorro Regional Park open hours. A complimentary Garden Information Brochure and Garden Map will lead you through the Garden and teach you more about our unique focus on plants of the mediterranean climate regions of the world. And be sure to download a copy of our Birds of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden checklist to bring along!
Knowledgeable docents will lead your group on a fascinating tour through our two-acre Garden or our Sustainable Facilities. Tours generally last about an hour.
FOUNDER WALK AND TALK:
Meet at the Education Center to learn from the Garden’s founder, Eve Vigil!
PRIVATE DOCENT TOURS:
Private tours are available for groups of up to 12 people. Tours are $10 for members, $20 per non-member adult and free for children 12 and under (with an adult), with a minimum charge of $60, admission included. Docent-led private tours must be arranged at least 4 weeks in advance with payment received the time of booking. Tours can be arranged for most days. Please fill out the form below or call the garden to book!
School tours are available for preschool thru 6th grade, as well as college classes. Early childhood tours align with the Desired Results Developmental Profile, and elementary school tours are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Curriculum Standards. The maximum number of students we can accommodate on tours at a time is 30, (3 groups of 10 students + least one chaperone per group). Please inquire about special arrangements for larger groups (up to 60 students).
School group docent-led tours must be scheduled in 30 days in advance. There is a $2 per person suggested donation for school tours.
Each trail is rich with botanical samplings of Mediterranean climate plants and offers countless opportunities for exploring natural wonders. The Garden reflects the beauty and diversity of plant life that thrives in the similar climatic conditions of the five Mediterranean climate zones of the world; the Mediterranean Basin in Europe, Central Chile, Cape Province of South Africa, South and Western Australia and our own region in California. Nestled along a natural riparian woodland, the Garden is an ideal setting for outdoor education.
Located on Highway 1, across from Cuesta College in El Chorro Regional Park, the Garden is a perfect complement to your field trips to Rancho El Chorro School, Morro Bay Natural History Museum or the Morro Bay National Estuary. Park facilities are designed for a lunch stop – shaded picnic areas with benches, water and electricity, restrooms, pay phone and even playground equipment and parking for buses.
Please fill out the form below to book a tour for your class or school group!
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A visit to the Garden is an exceptional learning experience. Each trail within the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is rich with botanical samplings of mediterranean climate plants and offers countless opportunities for exploring natural wonders.