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Adult Education at Filoli

Something for everyone in our Adult Programs.

Students study botanical artStudents study botanical art.

What is better than to see a child engaged and having fun as they create their own unique masterpiece or discover why so many newts make Filoli their home? Children and their families can enjoy Filoli and its bountiful resources through interactive programming and hands–on learning designed just for them.

School Programs
Filoli serves thousands of school children and teachers each year through three curriculum-based programs. Scholarships and transportation funds are available to schools serving a high percentage of low–income families. For more information visit the Teachers and School Programs page.

Our students say it best . . .

“It’s perfect each time — well executed and timely — informative and the kids loved it.” From a Nature Hike.
“My family went on a Newt Walk today. Our guide Donna was wonderful. A fabulous walk . . . Just a perfect afternoon . . . Thank you.” From a Newt Explorations

2016 Classes

example of a fairy garden

Fall Fairy Gardens for Families

Saturday, October 1, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Carrie Ewing

Enjoy this new class as a family outing. You are never too old or too young to have fun creating something magical! Any one–adult one–child combination can enjoy each other’s company while learning to create a special garden any fairy would be delighted to live in. Using fun items provided by the instructor, you will build a very special one–of–a–kind garden of your very own.

Fee: $80 members; $95 non–members. Fee is good for one adult and one child age 7 and older and includes most materials. Please bring a shallow container to hold your fairy garden – 8” x 12” – rectangle or round. A box, basket, toy or other fun item can be used. Be creative!

summer art camp

Family Fun with Flowers – Fall Arrangements

Saturday, October 15, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Instructors: Karen Flores and Marian VandenBosch

Enjoy this popular class as a family outing. Flower arranging is fun and easy and you are never too young or too old to start! Any one–adult–one–child combination can enjoy each other’s company while learning to make a fun fall flower arrangement with seasonal embellishments. Each participant will make their own arrangement to take home.

Fee: $65 members; $75 non–members. Fee is good for one adult and one child age 5 and up and includes all materials.

Botanical art drawing by a child

Botanical Art for Children
Colorful Fall Flowers, Leaves, and Pumpkins

Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Dorothy Hunter

Children ages 10 and older are introduced to the wonderful world of botanical art, including fundamental principles, drawing skills and color mixing using graphite pencil and colored pencils. The class begins with a walk through the garden, followed by a talk about botanical art and the tools they will use, a light snack then hands-on instruction and drawing. A fun morning spent creating something beautiful!

Fee each class: $50 members; $60 non–members. Fee includes all materials. Children 10 and older are welcome.

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 Nature Hikes and Orchard 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
Saturdays, October 8, 15, or 22

Summer and Fall Walks on Sundays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sundays, September 18, 25, October 9, or 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.