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Nature Education

How to Register

Use the link below each class to register or call 650–364–8300, ext. 508, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Refund Policy

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Sally MacBride, one of the founders of the Filoli Nature Education Program and dedicatee of the Filoli Nature Museum, on the goal of the program:

Adult Education at Filoli: Nature Education Hike

“To promote awareness, respect for and understanding of the importance and total interrelatedness of the natural resources of the earth, and all forms of life, by sharing the undeveloped portion of Filoli with the community, young and old, through a program of informative walks.”

Our students say it best…

“This was by far one of the most informative and educational classes that I’ve attended in many years.” From Basic Animal Tracking and Awareness.

“Wonderful, approachable, personable, knowledgeable.” From The Mystery of Bird Song with David Lukas.

“Loved the stories, insights, and challenging thoughts that the docents brought up. thanks so much for a great tour!” From a Nature Hike attendee.

2016 Classes

photo of group on a newt exploration


Urban Beekeeping 101

Saturday, August 20 – This class emphasizes harvesting and preparing for winter.
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Instructors: Charlie Blevins, San Francisco Beekeepers Association

Come learn the basics of beekeeping with Instructor Charlie Blevins of Habitat for Honeybees. Class will cover everything from hive setup to regular maintenance of your colony. No experience or prior knowledge of bees is required as we will bring you up to speed on how these fascinating creatures operate - as well as why they need our help.

Fee for each class: $45 members; $50 non–members.

Unique Hikes

photo of the Bourn family cemetary


The Property Through Time

Morning Hikes: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Saturday, October 8
Afternoon Hikes: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 23

Discover how the families that lived at Filoli used what is now the Nature Preserve. Go on a Docent led hike to visit these special locations — the pond and water tanks, the Bocce court, the cemetery and so much more. This hike covers approximately 2 miles of trails; dress for hiking and do not forget your camera!

Adult Fee: $15 members; $20 non–members.
Child Fee: $5 members; $10 non–members. Children ages 7 and older that are accompanied by an adult are welcome.



Nature In The Garden

Afternoon Walks, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 16

Take a guided walk in and around the Garden with a Nature Docent and learn about the plants and animals that make Filoli their Home. Discover hidden secrets of the animals that live here like where they live, what plants are important to them and why the Garden is such a special place for them. Now you can spot them in your backyard!

Adult Fee: $15 members; $20 non–members.
Child Fee: $5 members; $10 non–members. All ages welcome; this walk is well–suited for families with younger children.

2016 Hikes and Walks

Nature Hikes

Saturday Nature Hikes – A benefit of membership!

Morning Hikes, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturdays*, October 1, or October 22
Afternoon Hikes, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Saturday, October 15
Instructor: Filoli Nature Education Docent

Did you know that Filoli’s nature preserve has more than seven miles of trails crisscrossing six different types of native California habitats? Join experienced Nature Education Docents on a guided, two-hour hike along some of these well–maintained trails. Experience the beauty and tranquility of our nature preserve while learning about the natural environment and the wildlife that make Filoli their home.

Fee: Free for members or with paid admission to Filoli – $20 adults; $10 children.
Non–member fee includes same–day admission to the House and Garden during normal business hours, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm.

*Except on Special Event days.

Nature Hikes

Orchard Walks – A benefit of membership!

The Orchard at Filoli is 6.8 acres in size and includes more than 600 fruit tree varieties, including apples, pears, plums, quince, apricots, nectarines, plums, nuts, and more. It is an eclectic connoisseur’s collection of European and American varieties of fruits, many of which were originally grown for the enjoyment of the family of the estate.

Take a guided walk in our orchard and learn more about this defining landscape feature, taste fruit (when available) right off the tree and discover what Filoli is doing to conserve not only the rare fruits but the traditions of this unique heirloom orchard.

Summer and Fall Walks on Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, October 22; Saturday, October 15 is sold out

Summer and Fall Walks on Sundays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sunday, October 16

Instructor: Filoli Nature Education Docent

Fee: Free for members or with paid admission to Filoli – $20 adults; $10 children.
Children 7 and older are welcome. Non-member fee includes same day admission to the House and Garden during normal hours.