Students can enjoy Filoli and its unique, bountiful resources through interactive programming and hands–on learning designed just for them. On their field trip, students will use all their senses to observe art and nature, take time to draw and reflect, and will be given opportunities to inquire and discover. With four programs to choose from, Filoli offers schools a range of experiences for their students to participate in throughout their elementary school education.
- House & Garden Experience: 1st – 5th Grades
- Nature in the Garden: 1st – 2nd Grades
- Plein Air Art Exploration: 3rd – 8th Grades
- Nature Hike: 3rd – 5th Grades
- Registrations are taken online only.
- Please check your school’s vacation and testing days prior to registering.
- Teachers may register two classes for one program when space is available. However, program fee applies to each class.
- Please read Filoli’s cancellation and chaperone policy (detailed below) before scheduling your field trip.
- Payment is due 30 days prior to your field trip.
- Plein Air and Nature in the Garden field trips begin in March of 2019. Registration for these programs is open now.
High-quality student materials and teacher pre- and post- materials are offered for every program. Programs are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and California’s History–Social Science Content Standards.
Is it possible to make a change to our reservation?
Yes. You have 14 days after Filoli confirms your registration to confirm your transportation. After that, there is a $50 processing fee per class to change the date.
What is the cancellation policy?
30 days or more before your visit: Refund and $50 Processing Fee per class
If you have paid already, Filoli will issue a refund minus the $50 processing fee. If you have not yet paid, your school will be charged a $50 processing fee.
Less than 30 days before your visit: No Refunds
Full payment will be charged to your school or district.
Schools given fee waivers will also be charged a $50 processing fee for changing dates or cancelling.
Field trips are held in light rain. Refunds will not be issued due to inclement weather or state testing however, a credit may be extended to a future trip within the same school year and the change fee will be waived.
What is the chaperone policy?
Is your class taking a bus? The maximum number of adults is 5, including the teacher.
Is your class taking cars? You may bring 1 adult for every 3 students, including the teacher.
These ratios will be strictly enforced. Classes that exceed the number of allowed adults will be asked to pay general admission prices for the additional adults. Payment for additional adults can only be made on the day of the field trip. Additional adults may not accompany the students. They may explore the House and Garden on their own.
Through the support of individual donors and foundations, Filoli will offer opportunities for students from under-served schools to experience art, nature, the Bay Area environment, and Filoli’s historical relevance. Fee waivers and bus support will be offered – on a first come first served basis – to schools in which 50% or more of students are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
Apply for fee waivers and/or bus support when you register online. Filoli engages in ongoing fundraising efforts to provide fee waivers and bus support. Please allow up to 30 days from the date of your reservation request for staff to confirm if funds are available. Your date will be held during this wait period.
Filoli is grateful to these donors for their support of our School Programs:
Friends of Filoli Volunteers
Filoli’s Nature Preserve offers two unique opportunities for Scouts to explore art and nature. On Scout Hikes, Filoli’s Guides can highlight animals or plants relevant to badges Scouts are working towards. Scout Hikes are available now and beginning in March 2019 the Plein Air Art Exploration will be available for Scouts to earn a variety of Art badges.
$11 per person
$75 for one Guide for up to 15 people
$150 for two Guides for 16-30 people
Programs are 90-120 minutes long, depending on the age of the Scouts. Groups may also take a self-guided tour of the House and Garden after their Hike or Plein Air Art Exploration.
To request a Scout Hike or Plein Air Art Exploration, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Number of children
Number of adults
Badge (if any)
Program (Hike or Plein Air Art)