Youth Programs

Filoli Youth Programs

Youth programs fulfill Filoli’s core mission: to connect the past with the future through shared stories. With a focus on underserved communities, Filoli’s youth programs require support through partnerships and contributions to be made possible.

Adventures in Nature

Holding Hands In The Daffodil Meadow Square

Preschool Partnership Program

Filoli partners with state funded and nonprofit preschools that serve audiences with the greatest socioeconomic and access needs in San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Alameda Counties. Each preschool visits Filoli three times through the school year as greater access and deeper experiences increase a child’s comfort in nature and gardens.

Field Trip Activities

Field trips are filled with joyful activities of interaction in the garden punctuated by reading books and singing songs related to the day's activities.

  • Visit the beehives, look for bees in the garden, taste honey, have pollinator storytime
  • Pick and taste fruit from orchard and vegetables from garden to make a snack or take home to their families
  • Identify patterns and shapes in the garden plants and structures
  • Engage the senses by touching, tasting, and smelling herbs in the garden or listening to bird songs and play bird movement games
  • Follow the flow of water and learn how to conserve at home
Kid Square
Service Learning Square

Teen Partnership Programs

In the 2022/23 school year, Filoli will pilot three programs for teens. Relationships with new partner organizations allows Filoli to serve the next generation in new ways: 

  • Three hour service learning projects combine volunteerism with a learning experience designed for groups of students. Students are immersed in the beauty of Filoli, and give back to this treasured community resource through service.
  • Three visits during the school year that includes guided hikes, forest therapy sessions, vegetable garden/food experience, or orchard fruit tasting, followed by time for the organization to facilitate their own wellness or community building programming. 
  • Paid 10-week internships in Horticulture and Visitor Services to provide students with an introduction to a career in horticulture and public gardens.

Community Benefits

  • Addresses the desire to expand STEM and nature programming beyond schools
  • Free access for underserved families through free Filoli memberships
  • Opportunities for shared social experiences outside the home to build resiliency within families
  • Creates greater comfort for children to seek out nature and gardens for moments of respite, creative expression, and social connections
  • Builds relationships with partner organizations allowing Filoli to serve community in new ways

“Our children and teachers had a joyful time on the Filoli hands-on field trip. The garden, veggies, and plants refreshed and revitalized everyone’s mind, soul and body. We haven’t gone out to enjoy nature as deeply as last Friday.” - Program Director, Chinatown Community Children’s Center

More Learning Resources From Filoli

Filoli Summer 2021 Crop

Riekes Youth Programs

Filoli partners with the Riekes Center to provide outdoor experiences for youth ages 5-18. Programs bring students outside to form deep connections to the natural world through immersive experiences. Register for programs on the Riekes Center website.

On the page linked above, select 'Filter by Location' to search for camps at Filoli

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Scavenger Hunt

Enjoy our seasonally updated Scavenger Hunt! A great way to engage with Filoli's vast Garden and learn some fun facts while you explore.

Scav Hunt

Family Activity Guide

Explore the grounds of Filoli with this downloadable PDF guide! Includes a 5-senses scavenger hunt and a self-guided kid-friendly tour.