How to schedule a tour
Please look through our current calendar of scheduled tours, bottom of this page, to see when we have an opening that works for you. Once you have chosen a date, please send us an email or call the Conservatory at 530-752-0569.
Touring the Conservatory
We're normally open from 9am-5pm weekdays and sometimes on weekends for special events and scheduled tours. Drop in visitors are welcome. Our staffing is limited so call ahead 530-752-0569 or check our Tours calendar below to avoid those times or to schedule a tour. Guided tours are available by appointment only. Weekend tours are scheduled at the discretion of staff availability. Details for group tours are outlined below.
How long are the tours?
Tours are about an hour long. We recommend a minimum of 45 minutes. Evening and weekend tours are possible if tour guides are available depending on staff availability. During the warm summer months, we recommend morning tours to minimize exposure to the "tropical climate" of the greenhouse.
How much do tours cost?
As of July 1, 2011 the cost is $6 per person for non UCD affiliated groups (payment via cash or check made out to UC Regents, no credit cards) and $4/person for UC Davis affiliated groups paying via recharge, with a minimum charge of $36/group. Parents and chaperones are currently free. Payment may be made by cash or check payable to UC Regents or via campus recharge. We are unable to take credit card payments. Payment should be presented before the tour unless prior arrangements are made, and a receipt will be provided.
What is included on the tour?
Content is adjusted for age, experience, and interest. We convey the amazing diversity of plant adaptations via a multisensory hands-on tour through the 3,600 sq ft greenhouse. Form and function of plants from the world’s deserts, tropical forests, and carnivorous habitats are emphasized, along with plant interactions with insects and other organisms.
How many people can you accomodate?
A maximum of 40 participants divided into 2 or 3 docent-led groups can be accommodated at one time. Smaller groups allow for more interaction. Disabled access is limited to the main aisle and entrance of the smaller rooms.
Comfort on the tour
Participants will be standing much of the time. To maximize the learning experience, we ask that visitors be well hydrated and have healthy blood-sugar levels. The greenhouses are warm and humid, so visitors will be more comfortable by dressing lightly or in layers and leaving coats and sweaters behind. Also, some aisles are narrow, so participants should leave behind large purses and backpacks for their own comfort as well as for the safety of the collection.
Directions and parking
Directions to the Conservatory and parking information may be found on our maps page.