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Excursion Planning Information

Excursion planning information

Excursion Planning Information

We realise that planning an excursion is a lot of work. Below we have provided information that will help make arranging your excursion as simple as possible. Please contact us should you require any additional information.

Booking a program

All booking requests must be made online at rbg.vic.gov.au/learn/booking. Our booking team will be in touch after receiving your request to confirm your visit. You can call our booking team directly on (03) 9252 2358 to answer any questions.

Booking Information

When requesting a booking you will need the following information:

  • Education Program of your choice
  • Preferred Excursion Date/s
  • School Name and Address
  • Contact details of organising teacher
  • Number of students/classes
  • School Accounts Officer contact details

Program Times

Programs run twice daily, 10.15am to 11.45am or 12.45pm to 2.15pm, during the Victorian school term. Programs are available Monday to Friday at Melbourne Gardens and Monday to Thursday at Cranbourne Gardens.

Program Cost

Each program is $13.50 per student (incl. GST). A minimum charge of 18 students per class applies. Teachers and adult helpers are free.

Payment

A Tax Invoice will be sent to your school’s Account Officer following your visit. Payment of invoice is required within 14 days of receipt.

Supervision Ratio

RBGV recommends the following adult to student ratios.

Year Level

Ratio

Early Childhood

1:3

Foundation – Year 2

1:5

Year 3 - 12

1:10

Cancellations

A minimum of 24 hours notification is required for cancellations. Less than 24 hours’ notice will incur full payment of fees.

Nurture by Nature Fund

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Nurture by Nature Fund supports schools to undertake an excursion to either the Melbourne or Cranbourne Gardens and participate in a Learning Program by providing subsidised transport and learning programs. Applications are accepted across two rounds each year - January and June – and places are strictly limited. If you would like to find our more about the Nurture by Nature Fund or register to receive notice of when applications are open please click here.

Getting here

Melbourne Gardens

Information of how to get to Melbourne gardens can be found on our Melbourne Gardens Getting Here page.

Bus parking for schools is available on Birdwood Avenue near the corner of Dallas Brooks Drive.

Cranbourne Gardens

Information of how to get to Cranbourne gardens can be found on our Cranbourne Gardens Getting Here page.

Bus parking is available onsite at the Southern end of the carpark.

 

When you arrive – Melbourne Gardens

Entrance and Meeting Point

Schools should enter via the Education Entrance located off Birdwood Avenue and gather on the lawn outside Observatory House. 

Bag Storage

Schools may leave bags and other items on the verandah of Observatory House. Items of value should be carried with you at all times as RBGV taken no responsibility for personal belongings.

Toilets

The closest toilets are located next to the Visitor Centre opposite Observatory House, there are additional toilets located throughout the gardens.

Running Late

If you are running late for your Learning Program please contact our booking team on 03 9252 2358.

Download our Melbourne Gardens Pre-visit Information Sheet for more detailed information.

 

When you arrive – Cranbourne Gardens

Entrance and Meeting Point

Schools should meet outside the Visitor Centre, a short walk from the bus carpark.

Bag Storage

Upon arrival schools will be directed by Learning staff where they can leave bags. Items of value should be carried with you at all times as RBGV taken no responsibility for personal belongings.

Toilets

The nearest toilets are located opposite the Visitor Centre entrance, there are other toilets located throughout the gardens. [Highlighted on map]

Running Late

If you are running late for your Learning Program please contact our booking team on 03 9252 2358.

Download our Cranbourne Gardens Pre-visit Information Sheet for more detailed information.

 

Excursion Documentation

Provided below are a range of documents that schools may access for planning their upcoming RBGV excursion.

Risk Benefit Assessment – Melbourne Gardens

Risk Benefit Assessment – Cranbourne Gardens

Social Script – Melbourne Gardens

Social Script – Cranbourne Gardens (not yet available)

Access Key – Melbourne Gardens

Access Key – Cranbourne Gardens

RBGV Certificate of Currency

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. 

Support the Gardens


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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Learn


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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