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:

Seminar: The Ecology of the Imagination

Join RBG Melbourne and Kids in Nature Network to explore how to use your local parks and gardens as a wealth of ideas for nature play. Discover a beautiful regional botanic garden in the process and explore the tread lightly approach to nature play!
When: Tuesday 14 April
Where: Malmsbury Botanical Gardens, Malmsbury
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $50

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 RBG Cranbourne to find out what is required of a setting and how to deal with risks in the bush
When: Tuesday 14 April
Where: RBG Cranbourne
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: $50

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 Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
When: Thursday 16 April
Where: RBG Melbourne
Time: 10am – 12pm
Cost: $25

More 2015 Professional Development Offerings

Gardens for learning and play

Discover how to create and make the most of gardens and use landscapes 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

A Shared Country

Be inspired by Aunty Marg Worn Harrison, a Koori Education worker and hear her personal story. Find out how to engage indigenous students in your classroom by learning about the Stronger Smarter program with Paul Munday. Learn about the indigenous uses of plants and the education programs offered at the RBG Cranbourne.
When: Thursday 10 September
Where: RBG Cranbourne
Time: 9.15am – 4.30pm
Cost: $75

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

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"