Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Advancing the Conservation, Study, and Cultivation of the Flora of Asia

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Quarryhill Educational Tours for Schools

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Quarryhill conducts half-day educational tours of the Asian woodland garden for 4th and 5th grade classes in Sonoma County. The tours wind through the garden in the manner of plant hunters in the wild, collecting seed, leaves, fruits, and flowers for examination. In the process, various elements of the California State science curriculum are taught, and topics unique to Quarryhill are illustrated. Topics discussed include basic plant anatomy, photosynthesis, adaptation, the importance of plants in our lives, conservation issues, and the plant life cycle, including flowers, pollination, and seed dispersal.


The spring tour season takes place during the second half of March through the end of May, and the fall season takes place from September through the first half of November. We are now accepting reservations for the 2014-2015 academic year. As a limited number of tour dates are available during each season, teachers interested in visiting Quarryhill are advised to apply early.

To submit a reservation, please print and submit this .pdf:
/home/quarryhill/Education Tour Information/Quarryhill%20Fall%202014-Spring%202015%20Tour%20Brochure.pdf Quarryhill Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Tour Brochure.pdf

Tours last approximately two hours, and are normally scheduled in the morning (but can be scheduled in the afternoon) with time available in our picnic area for lunch (students bring their own) after the tour. The program requires teacher and parent chaperones to attend. All garden entrance fees are waived for Quarryhill educational school tours.


kidsatqbg3.jpgThis is a very special opportunity for elementary students to experience a unique and beautiful garden and to supplement their classroom botanical education with a distinctive outdoor experience.


Email us at cbarnes@quarryhillbg.org to arrange for a tour date and time, or call us at (707) 996-6027. Teachers, please email cbarnes@quarryhillbg.org to be put on our teacher mailing list to receive advanced notice of future school tour dates, special events, and other useful information.

Teacher/Parent Comments:

"The kids absolutely loved the tour of Quarryhill . . .  "

"I thought it was a great field trip. I really liked all the information given the kids."

"The topics covered were excellent. The docents and staff did an excellent job covering the botany and history of the garden."

"The students LOVED the view from the top by the Tibetan Prayer Flags; and the trees that gave off the bakery smell, the waterfalls, watching for frogs, and learning about the different seedpods. They took a wealth of information back with them."

"The docents were wonderful, and my chaperons had only positive things to say about their caring ways, and understanding of how kids sometimes act when they are outside.  They engaged them!"

"Seed/germination demo was great--fun to take the planted seeds home"

Feedback from the Kids:

         Cool!!!! Can we explore more????

   Haikus written in the garden by 5th graders

  Pure, fresh, pollen, air                              Beautiful lily
  Delicate forms of sunlight                         Color bursting from the soil
  Cool water trickle
                                     Sprout, nurture, love, grow

                               Collecting cool plants
                           Extinct, lost, and forgotten
                                 Plants soft as cotton

Volunteer Opportunities

Quarryhill Elementary Docent Training

Love the outdoors and children? Enjoy spending time with children and being in a beautiful garden? Want to learn more about botany, plants, and conservation? Find out how to become an Elementary Docent at Quarryhill Botanical Garden.


This training will teach you about Asian plants, Quarryhill’s work in their conservation and protection, some basics of botany, and introduce you to techniques for working with elementary school children in botanical gardens.

Docents receive a FREE membership to Quarryhill, and are invited to participate in garden events, field trips, and appreciation lunches over the course of the year.


Email Corey Barnes or call 996-6027.