Nature for Wellbeing in schools

Professional Development for Teachers

Unfortunately this event is now fully booked. We will be offering more teacher PDs in 2023.

The Royal Botanic Gardens has been running Health and Wellbeing in nature programs at both the Cranbourne and Melbourne sites for over several 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 afternoon will include:

  • Creative and sensory nature-based activities
  • Meditation session led by a qualified Mindfulness teacher Carolyn Shurey.
  • Nature Journaling- Release your inner creative as artist Claire Mosley leads you through a nature journaling workshop, drawing inspiration from the plants it likes to hide amongst and the sights, sounds and smells of the natural world.

What we will cover:

  • Outdoor play and what has changed
  • Benefits of being in nature
  • Evidence from a Paediatric Occupational Therapist
  • Experience hands on outdoor activities to incorporate into your teaching
  • Discuss suitable spaces and places at your school and local neighbourhood

Designed for Primary & Secondary School Teachers of all year levels.

This is a half day (3.5 hours)

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Education Entrance Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra 3141

When: Friday November 18

Time: 1.00pm till 4.30pm

What to bring: Comfortable clothing suitable for changing weather and the outdoors.

Cost: FREE

Afternoon tea and a resource list will be provided.