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Collaborations

Collaborations

Department of Education and Training (DET)

DET contracts Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to provide school education programs to students and teachers throughout Victoria through the Strategic Partnerships Program on a triennial basis 2018 - 2020.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program.


Catholic Education Melbourne

Catholic Education Commission of Victoria has strategic partnerships with Not For Profit cultural and community organisations which offer unique, high quality educational programs to Victorian Catholic Schools and teachers. This vital partnership with RBGV offers educational experiences to students and professional learning to teachers in Catholic schools, which align with Catholic policies and strategic priorities to improve student achievement, engagement, health and wellbeing, Catholic Identity and teacher capacity. This strategic partnership includes project officers at RBGV, designated to provide liaison, outreach and expert advice and support to Victorian Catholic Schools’
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria acknowledges the support of Catholic Education Melbourne. 


Kids in Nature Network

Kids in Nature Network acts to empower, connect and grow a movement of individuals, families and organisations who are committed to reconnecting children to nature. KINN is a cross-sectoral network of thought-leaders from the health, education, environment, outdoors, community and arts sectors. The network links up key initiatives that promote nature play in order to enhance children’s well-being and development, promote creative play and facilitate connection to the natural world.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria works with Kids in Nature Network by providing unique opportunities for collaboration and capacity building and through open sharing of experiences, ideas and knowledge amongst our members and allies.

Our vision is for all children to have every opportunity to experience, love and look after nature.

Our Work

  • Provide a vital link between groups and organisations who are interested in promoting the child-nature connection for the benefit of children’s well-being and for the re-valuing of nature.
  • Increase the knowledge of families, educators and others involved in the care of children about the crucial role the natural world plays in the lives of children.
  • Change the attitudes and behaviours of those involved in the care of children so they provide children with the time and space to play in nature. Advocate within health, education, urban planning and environment sectors to promote the value of the child and nature relationship.
  • Promote further research into the benefits of children spending time in nature.

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WithOneSeed

WithOneSeed works with communities across Australia and the Asia Pacific region to make environments sustainable, to end poverty and hunger, to build knowledge and to create regional partnerships. RBG partnership is focused on the Carbon Futures school program currently offered at both the Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens.

WithOneSeed website 


Best Start Bush Kinders

City of Casey, Best Start, Windermere’s Communities for Children Cranbourne, Casey Cardinia Library Corporation are collaborating on running the Koorie Kids Bush Playgoup at Cranbourne Gardens.


Resource Smart Schools

The Resource Smart Schools initiative provides schools with the opportunity to demonstrate continuous improvement in their sustainability journey. Students are involved in a range of projects that provide hands on experiences that are integrated into the curriculum and school practices.

Schools are able to follow a path to achieving 5Star rating by completing a ‘Core Module’ and then each of four ‘Resource Modules’ – Water, Waste, Energy and Biodiversity.

For full details please go to: Resource Smart Schools

"The Resource Smart Schools initiative helps schools to become demonstration centres of green technologies and design, linked to sustainable curricula, so that people in all local communities will be motivated to live more sustainably."

The Royal Botanics Gardens Victoria is the States oldest scientific institution with a very long history of documenting and conserving our states and indeed international biodiversity. Today it is one of the states leading organisations in mitigating and adapting to Climate Change. Some of the states most innovative and dramatic water conservation projects are underway at the Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens.

Both Gardens showcase outstanding living collections of plants and plant communities. Research and management activities conducted by the Gardens are leading examples of biodiversity conservation with an international reputation.

Schools participate in water, waste and biodiversity conservation experiences through programs conducted by Education Services at Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens. These activities are designed to inspire students and provide ideas for application back at schools. Indeed many schools have successfully modelled school ground improvements on ideas showcased in the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden and the Australian Garden.

Over 500 schools in Victoria have started or completed the Resource Smart Schools process and are celebrating the benefits from contemporary and best practice Education for Sustainability (EfS).
The following principles that define best practice are key to the work of both the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Resource Smart Schools:

  1. Inquiry based learning for the whole school community
  2. Indigenous Learning
  3. Social justice
  4. Student democracy and leadership
  5. Values, civics and faith development
  6. Cultural perspectives
  7. Re-engagement with self, others and nature
  8. Transformative education and learning

Science


Conservation

Conservation

Victoria's flora and fungi are under increasing threat from climate change, environmental weeds, agriculture, forest clearance and urbanisation. Climate change will especially impact on plants restricted to the coldest environments on mountain summits, which are likely to lose their only suitable habitat. At Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, studies of taxonomy, distribution, population genetics, propagation, translocation and seed banking all contribute to the conservation of Victoria’s and Australia's plants and fungi.

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Protecting our rare and threatened species

Protecting our rare and threatened species

In Victoria, there are nearly 700 native species of threatened plants (among the approximately 3,200 species recorded from the state) along with many others that are rare. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria plays a leading role in programs to conserve these endangered species in order to stabilise or increase populations in their natural habitat. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is particularly involved in the conservation of native terrestrial orchids. Victoria is a 'hotspot' for orchid diversity, with 23 per cent of Australia's orchid species occurring in just 3 per cent of the land area. Most of the native orchid species found in Victoria are terrestrial, and at least a third occur nowhere else. 

Horticulture


Plant Collections

Plant Collections

Botanic gardens throughout the world play a significant role in helping scientists and the public understand the evolution and history of plants, their present day uses as well as what the future may hold for plants in natural environments. Across our two locations at Melbourne and Cranbourne, our experienced horticulture teams manage 45 plant collections as well as a significant area of precious bushland at Cranbourne Gardens. All of our collections feature plant labels which show each plant's scientific name comprised of a genus and species.

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Home gardening

Home gardening

How we garden in botanic gardens, how you garden at home and how we all garden as a community has big impacts on the biodiversity and sustainability of urban Australia. The Australian Garden at Cranbourne is designed to showcase how native plants can make a spectacular and waterwise home garden. There is an Australian plant suitable for virtually any situation in your garden, from tall trees to ground covers, aquatic plants to those growing in low light or in full sun. Australian plants attract native birds and butterflies, and brighten up your garden with wonderful seasonal colour. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to find inspiration and great tips for using Australian native plants at home.

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Support


Help the Gardens grow

Help the Gardens grow

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has a special place in the hearts and minds of all Victorians. The Gardens has played an important role in the cultural development of Melbourne and can continue to flourish with the help of passionate individuals. There are many ways to get involved with the Gardens and we value any level of support, whether you are a friend or a donor, a member of our Director’s Circle or one of our volunteers. There are also ways to honour those you love by dedicating a tree or a bench within the Garden of your choice. 

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Honour someone you love

Honour someone you love

Many people share the Gardens with those they love and some visitors choose to mark a significant occasion by dedicating a tree or a bench to someone special.  In the Gardens you’ll notice each bench has a dedication plaque featuring a favourite quote or the recognition of an anniversary, achievement or occasion.  

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Hands-on education

Hands-on education

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne and Cranbourne offers a rich learning environment for students of all ages and abilities.  Our Education Services team develops adaptive, strategic curriculum based programs to assist teachers and provide an enjoyable and valuable learning experience for students from kindergarten to university. Each education program is designed to support teachers in achieving the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and is delivered by a qualified teacher.

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What people say…

What people say…

'It is important that the children become aware of such a beautiful garden that provides a diverse range of opportunities to learn, relax, explore, etc.'

Grade 1

Yes - there was something for everyone ...ponding, feeling/smelling plants, creating pot pourri bags, listening to trees!'

Grade 2

'At the Botanic Gardens the children were able to see/touch and smell on a grand scale - GREAT!!'

Kindergarten

'The program has made a huge shift in the way my students view Indigenous Australians and it has changed some previous incorrect misconceptions'

Grade 5 and 6

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