2015 Poinsettia Display in the Botanical Building

Hundreds of magnificent poinsettia plants turn Balboa Park’s historic wood lath Botanical Building into a glowing tribute to the holidays.  The annual display will open December 4th through the first week in January.  The Botanical Building is closed on Thursdays.  Friends of Balboa Park, together with our donors, help fund the annual display.  Click here to view more information about how you can contribute to this year’s display.


Arbor Day in Balboa Park – photos!

DSC_4550Friends of Balboa Park celebrated Arbor Day  on Friday, April 24, 2015.   Eleven American Tulip trees were planted with volunteer help from local area students at the War Memorial Building. Click on the image at left to view our photos.   Click here for more information on Arbor Day, including information on how you can purchase a dedicated tree in honor of a loved one.  We have two of the tulip trees still available.

Pictured at left are Girl Scouts from Troop 3289 who used their cookie earnings to dedicate a tree!

Share your stories of Balboa Park for “A Tapestry of Time”

Please share with us what you or your family remembers about Balboa Park.  We want to tell future generations of your role in building the rich heritage of the Park.  We plan to publish the collection in a new volume of “A Tapestry of Time.”  Click here to download “A Tapestry of Time” Volume I – a rich history of Balboa Park as told through people’s memories of the Park from the Expositions in 1915 and 1935 which were collected and published by Betty and Homer Peabody in 1997 .  Click here for more information about how you can submit new stories.  Thank you!

Postcard courtesy of David Marshall

Balboa Park Family Activity Guide Now Available!

The Family Guide is designed with YOU in mind!  We hope you will stay longer and play more by doing these activities while visiting Balboa Park with your family.  There are activities for nine museums and twelve outdoor areas in Balboa Park.  Have fun exploring the museums and free outdoor gardens.  For some of the activities you will need a pencil, but for all of them you will definitely need your wonderful imagination.  The guide is a project of the Informal Curriculum Experience (I.C.E.) sub-committee of the Balboa Park Educators’ Council (BPEC).  Printed copies will be available at the Visitors Center, thanks to support from Balboa Park Central.  Have fun, be creative, and PLAY!  Click here to download a complete guide.

Friends of Balboa Park photo gallery

Check out our photo gallery to view photos from our past events including:

  • Oct 21, 2014 Annual Awards Luncheon
  • Arbor Day 2014
  • Zoro Garden Volunteer Event April 2014
  • Butterfly Release 2014
  • Oct 2013 Annual Awards Luncheon