History and Science come alive as students discover the enchanting six acres of gardens created by Virginia Robinson, under the watchful eye of Harry the Cat. Journey through a two-acre King Palm Forest; breathe in scents of the Italian Riviera; gather fresh produce from our expansive vegetable garden; and discover rare exotic plants from across the globe—all without leaving the jungles of Beverly Hills!
Virginia Robinson Gardens (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) offers a fun, interactive science-based learning experience for elementary school students, grades second through fifth. Children will learn by finding, identifying, tasting and smelling plants they discover in one of our six botanical gardens. They will then have an opportunity to examine these plant species under a microscope and learn how to cultivate and nurture these plants in a garden of their very own. “Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.” – Robert Brault
Our program complements the California State guidelines for science education, and field trips to the Robinson Gardens have been approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The goal of the program is to increase children’s knowledge about botany, ecology and conservation, as well as motivate kids to eat healthier foods by teaching them where their food comes from and how it’s grown in nature.
Student field trips are led by trained docents who are able to foster a child’s curiosity and are able to provide an exciting, exploratory learning experience. We are able to accommodate up to 42 students with 4 adult chaperones. Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday from 10:00AM to 12:00PM and last approximately two hours. Admission is free for qualified private and public schools and transportation is available (transportation fees are waived for qualifying Title One schools). The tour concludes with a souvenir for each student: a gift bag and a seedling that they will have planted.
Advance reservations are required for all field trips (we commonly book a school-year ahead!). If you are interested in having your child’s class visit Virginia Robinson Gardens, please have your school inquire below:
- Virginia Robinson Gardens is listed as an approved field trip for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
- Admission is free for qualified private and public school organized field trips.
- Transportation is available, and free if school qualifies as Title One.
- Advanced reservations are necessary with an application to complete.
- Docent led tours for children are available throughout the year.
- Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday and begin promptly at 10 am and 1 pm.