Professional Development 2015

Royal Botanic Gardens provides an extensive range of professional development opportunities for teachers at all levels, all year round. To request a booking please contact the Education Bookings office:

T: (03) 9252 2358


Professional Development (PDF - 187 kB) programs now available for booking.

Nature Play Week

The Royal Botanic Gardens will be celebrating Nature Play Week (11-19 April 2015) with a range of workshops for adults at Melbourne and Cranbourne:

Launch of Nature Play Week and Ecology of the Imagination Workshop (Malmsbury Botanical Gardens)

Join RBG with KINN to launch Nature Play Week with an inspiring workshop held in the beautiful regional Malmsbury Botanic Gardens. With keynote speakers including Alison Lester, one of Australia’s most beloved creators of children’s books and a selection of outdoor workshops, participants will discover and exchange ideas on how to utilise local parks, gardens and reserves to inspire healthy and active lifestyles and encourage imaginative play.

  • When: Tuesday 14 April
  • Where: Malmsbury Botanical Gardens
  • Time: 10am – 3:30pm
  • Cost: $50 includes lunch
  • Bookings: Through Eventbrite

Seminar: Early Childhood Outdoor Learning

Bush Kinder is a rapidly growing learning model in Early Childhood settings. Join us in finding out what is so compelling about this model and what is happening throughout Australia and internationally with Sue Elliott. Hear from Doug Fargher, who has led the way in establishing Victoria’s first Bush Kinder. Explore the Cranbourne Gardens to find out what is required of a setting and how to deal with risks in the bush. An ideal seminar for parents or facilitators.

  • When: Tuesday 14 April
  • Where: Cranbourne Gardens
  • Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Cost: $50
  • Bookings: (03) 5990 2200

Nature, play and your child – a workshop for parents

Find out how to make the most of gardens and other natural settings to stimulate your child’s imagination, creativity, learning and enjoyment of the natural world. This workshop includes discussion about the value of free and structured play, hands-on experiences designed to support you in your role as parent or as facilitator of nature play experiences. Explore the play potential of plants and landscapes in the Children’s Garden and the Melbourne Gardens.

  • When: Thursday 16 April
  • Where: Melbourne Gardens
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Cost: $25
  • Bookings: (03) 9252 2358

Check out what else is happening for families during Nature Play Week at the RBG

More 2015 Professional Development Offerings

Seminar: Exploring Fieldwork Opportunities in the Curriculum

Join the Victorian Association for Environmental Education and RBG Cranbourne at a seminar, in which we will explore practical ideas for conducting fieldwork in and outside of the school setting. Participants will explore different methods of: observation, monitoring and fieldwork tools to effectively engage and explore environmental issues. An overview of where these opportunities exist within the curriculum will be mapped. Fieldwork will be based on the highly successful Southern Brown Bandicoot conservation program being conducted by RBG Cranbourne.

  • When: Wednesday 22 April
  • Where: RBG Cranbourne
  • Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Cost: $50
  • Bookings: (03) 5990 2200

Gardens for learning and play

Discover how to create and make the most of gardens and public spaces to stimulate your child’s imagination, learning, and connection with the natural world. We will support you in your role as a facilitator of nature play in balancing adult led, guided play and child directed play and learning.

  • When: Tuesday 5 May
  • Where: RBG Melbourne
  • Time: 9.30am – 4pm
  • Cost: $75
  • Bookings: (03) 9252 2358

A Shared Country

Be inspired by Aunty Marg Worn Harrison's personal story, she is a Koorie Education Worker in the Mornington Peninsula area. Find out how to engage indigenous students in your classroom by learning about the Stronger Smarter program with Paul Munday, an indigenous education officer from the Catholic Education Office, Sale. Participate in a "walk and talk" with Gwen Michener, RBG Cranbourne education team and learn about the indigenous uses of plants for food, medicine and fibre. The Aboriginal education officer from the RBG Melbourne, Ben Church will present on his traditional Gunditjmara indigenous ecological knowledge and dispel the myth of the nomadic hunter gatherer lifestyle! Sharee Harper from Monash University will present on how to create an Indigenous garden - plant selection and maintenance.

  • When: Friday 11 September
  • Where: RBG Cranbourne, Auditorium
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Cost: $75 (morning tea and lunch provided)
  • Bookings: (03) 5990 2200

Food gardens for schools and kinders

Join us for a day of fun in a food forest and find out how to share the magic with children. Learn how to use food plants to enhance your school and kinder gardens. Develop ideas on how to share fresh produce with your school community and try some simple recipes that kids will love tasting and sharing. Discover hardy, edible plants for schools including multi-function garden design.

  • When: Wednesday 18 November
  • Where: RBG Melbourne
  • Time: 9.30am – 4pm
  • Cost: $75
  • Bookings: (03) 9252 2358

Feedback from participants

''I had a really lovely day and I loved all the hands on ideas that don't require lots of funding! Thank you so much."

"Really useful information which has inspired me to continue to work in our community garden and motivate others"

"Great food, loved the nibbles, relaxed enthusiastic professionals, excellent day, thank you"