School Programs

School Visits to Descanso Gardens

Innovative school programs have established Descanso Gardens as an invaluable community resource for teachers and children, attracting more than 6,000 visits annually. Descanso has fine-tuned a method of teaching which highlights hands-on, inquiry-based learning for students of all ages.

The Gardens offers a unique setting where children can experience the richness of a natural outdoor laboratory for the study of life science. Here, students can build their skills in observation and inquiry and develop an understanding that plants are alive: they grow, change and interact with the environment and other living things.

An important aspect of our mission at Descanso Gardens is to provide enriching and enjoyable educational opportunities for the schoolchildren of Los Angeles County.

School groups experience the rich natural resources of Descanso Gardens in several ways. The Harvest Garden is a unique program designed for students in grades 3-12 with special needs. Docent-guided tours are exciting expeditions through the garden with one of our knowledgeable volunteers. Self-guided tours allow for the classroom teacher to design and lead the educational experience.

Both docent-guided and self-guided walks require advance reservations for school groups.

For more information or to make reservations, please call the Descanso Gardens School Programs Office at (818) 949-0120.