Garden Programs

Garden Programs

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School program reservations for 2018-19 are now closed.

Please note, program offerings are subject to change.

School Programs run from Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10–11:30 a.m.

We do not run programs on the first Thursdays of the month.

School groups are encouraged to extend their visit after their program and explore the grounds and collections.


 Adaptations in a Changing World

Students explore adaptations that allow plants to thrive in desert-like environments. Through observation and hands-on activities in the Desert Garden and comparing the plants in other Huntington gardens, students will learn how plants’ color, shape, and surface texture can be adaptive and to predict how plant forms help them function in a changing environment.


Grade Levels: 3–5

Accommodates: 50 students maximum
Offered: Every Wednesday and every Thursday


 Seeds, Soil & Surprises 

Students discover the joys of sensory learning while visiting stations on roots, leaves, and seeds. Classes visit both the Teaching Greenhouse and the Conservatory for Botanical Science and plant their own seeds to take back to the classroom.


Grade Levels: K – 2 Kindergarten groups are limited to visiting between January – May 2019
Accommodates: 50 students maximum
Offered: Every Wednesday
Additional resources available on Seeds, Soil, and Surprises


 Japanese Garden 

Presented by the San Marino League:
This program introduces students to traditional Japanese gardens as an art form and contrasts them with traditional European-style gardens. Students visit a 19th-century Japanese house and Zen garden, examine garden sculpture and native Japanese plants. During their tour students will have the opportunity to wonder and to enjoy moments of serenity.


Grade Levels: 4 – 12
Accommodates: 40 students maximum
Offered: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Wednesdays and 2nd and 4th Thursdays


 Poetry in the Chinese Garden 

Runs January – May 2019
Using poetry as an entry point to the culture of Chinese gardens, students immerse themselves in the garden experience. They compare Chinese and Western landscape styles, learn about the role of literature in the garden, and create and share their own two-line poems inspired by what they see.


Grade Levels: 4 – 12
Accommodates: 40 students maximum
Offered: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, Jan. – May 2019


 Learning Through the Collections 

New this year!
Join us this fall as we launch “Learning through the Collections”, a new program where students explore what it means to collect, how the Huntington collection has grown, and what we can learn through our diverse collections – from the Library Exhibition Halls, to the Gardens, and into the Art Galleries. Led by docents, students will be invited to make connections across the collections. This program will focus on close looking at primary sources, inquiry, dialogue and other age appropriate engagement strategies.


Grade Levels: 3 – 12
Accommodates: 40 students maximum
Offered: Every Wednesday


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