The Filoli Nature Preserve occupies most of the acreage beyond the House, Garden, orchard and parking area. It is an outstanding area for nature education, offering a variety of ecosystems within a compact area including mixed forests, redwood stands, chaparral, riparian, pond and cultivated grasslands.
The lower portion of the preserve is accessible only through docent-lead nature hikes on a network of trails and historic roads. The area straddles the San Andreas fault and has a variety of plants and animals. The preserve also contains historic Filoli sites such as the Bourn family cemetery, the Italian bachelor gardener dormitory (not open to the public), and old barns including one that has been converted to a nature museum.
Wildflowers typically are in bloom from February through early summer. While many of the animals are nocturnal or elusive, deer, banana slugs and lizards are regularly seen on hikes. Many of the birds and mammals found at Filoli are displayed at the Nature Center, which is accessible only on docent-led walks.
Filoli offers a variety of nature education programs for adults, families and elementary schools throughout the year.
For the general public, Filoli offers Saturday docent-led nature hikes. Reservations are required. Contact Visitor Services to make reservations.
For more information on Filoli’s Nature Education Docent Program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer a variety of guided tours, unique hikes and walks to help enrich your Filoli experience. All tours are free with the price of admission. Prepaid advanced reservations are recommended, especially during April and May.
Groups at Filoli are considered 12 or more. Please call Visitor Services for group rate information.
House & Garden Tours
Guided by Filoli volunteer docents, these tours last approximately two hours. An hour is spent in the House and an hour is spent in the Garden. The walking is at a casual pace as the docents talk about each area. Tour times are Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.
Sunday Tours For A Limited Time!
Take a docent guided one hour tour of the House or Gardens on Sundays in June and July. Plan to spend the day at Filoli, with lunch in the Café, and join us for both tours! Walkins only, no need to register in advance.
Nature Preserve Hikes
Filoli offers a wide range of hikes and walks through its Nature Preserve throughout the year for adults, families, and groups. For more information, see the flyer, Filoli Nature Experiences for Friends and Families and Filoli Nature Education for Schools. Use the links under Guided Hikes and Walks below to schedule your Nature Preserve Hike. Groups of 12 or larger should contact Visitor Services at (650) 364-8300, extension 509.