Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria provides an extensive range of professional development opportunities for teachers at all levels, all year round.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria partners with leading industry experts to provide an ever-increasing range of professional development opportunities for educators across the year. Check out the opportunities currently planned for 2021 below. To stay up to date with our future learning opportunities for your students, sign up to our Learning eNews here.
Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th March 2021
Online, Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens
The annual ECOLN Pedagogy & Practice in Nature Education Conference will run for the fifth time across March 26-27, 2021. The conference presents the latest in nature-based education research and practice and is a must for any educators wanting to maximise the benefits of outdoor learning.
The conference will be held online on Friday the 26th of March, with the option to attend a workshop in person at either the Melbourne or Cranbourne gardens on Saturday the 27th of March.
Click here to find out more information, topics and guest speakers.
Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is a highly valued Bush Kinder venue with many local organisations using the space on a regular basis. This professional development program is specially designed to orientate educators on how to best utilise the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens site and it is recommended that organisations complete it annually.
Organisations will receive a ‘Royal Botanic Gardens Bush Kinder Ready Certificate’ on completion.
Program will include:
$50.00 per person. Payment is via invoice
Training Package 1
Monday 15th and Friday 19th March 2021
Training Package 2
Tuesday 11th and Tuesday 25th May 2021
Training Package 3
Monday 26th July and Monday 9th August 2021
This training has been designed to assist teachers and educators who are interested in taking children into nature or who are looking for support to strengthen their existing programs. Presented by leaders and pioneers in the field of Australian early childhood nature programs - Doug Fargher, Lisa Coxon and Karen Anderson - the program is held over 3 sessions, including a site visit to a nature kindergarten in action.
Day One Outline (held at either the Melbourne or Cranbourne Gardens) – Introduction
Introduction to nature kindergarten including discussion of:
Day Two Outline – Site Visit. Visit a nature kindergarten program in action. Choose one of three visits:
Day Three Outline (held at either the Melbourne or Cranbourne Gardens) – Get down to work
A session for planning and writing, tailored to your needs and your service.
Cost and Bookings:
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.
We collect millions of high-quality seeds from native plant species within Victoria for long-term storage, research and restoration programs.
Our scientists work to maintain biological diversity, including genetic variation, essential for functional ecosystems and the long-term viability of species.
Our research helps to identify, document and combat environmental weeds that pose a threat to native ecosystems and biodiversity.
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.
Our horticultural and environmental research is focused on responding to future challenges such as water availability and changing climatic conditions and looking at how these may impact on plant and landscape conservation within the gardens.
At both Cranbourne and Melbourne our land management teams focus on irrigation management, finding alternate water sources, water quality and biodiversity of the lakes system; reducing weeds, protecting plants against pests and diseases and managing soils.
We are constantly striving to improve irrigation efficiency, stormwater treatment, lake ecosystems and water quality in the lake system. Recently the Working Wetlands project was completed at Melbourne Gardens, reducing reliance on potable water by 40%.
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.
The Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens play an active role in raising funds for the gardens through plant sales and programs.
It’s easy to help the Gardens. Any donation over $2 is tax deductible and every dollar helps contributes to the work of the Gardens.