Nature for Wellbeing in Schools

Professional Development for Teachers

The Royal Botanic Gardens has been running Health and Wellbeing programs at both the Cranbourne and Melbourne sites for over 15 years.

This professional development session draws on the experience we have gained helping students to connect with nature in meaningful and mindful ways. It is designed to help teachers incorporate outdoor nature-based practices into their curriculum using easily accessible resources and local outdoor venues.  

The program is designed for school teachers of all year levels.

What we will cover:

  • Outdoor play and what has changed.
  • Benefits of being in nature.
  • Links to the science that supports getting students outside.
  • Experience hands on outdoor activities to incorporate into your teaching.
  • Learn some simple nature journalling techniques that can be used with your class.
  • Discuss suitable spaces and places at your school and local neighbourhood.

This is a half day (3.5 hours).

Please bring comfortable clothing that is suitable for changing weather and the outdoors, and your own lunch (or money to purchase lunch at a café on-site).

Tea and coffee and a resource list will be provided.


Participant feedback from the last session:

“It was the best PD I have ever done! The information presented was of such interest to me and the presenters were engaging and knowledgeable.”

“It was one of the best PDs I have attended!! It was practical, hands on and I came away inspired with so many ideas.”