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Excursion Planning Information

Excursion planning information

Excursion Planning Information

Planning an excursion is a lot of work. Therefore, the information below is to make excursion planning as simple as possible. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any additional information. 

Covid-Safe Program Delivery  

Maintaining the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and visitors is the highest priority. A number of additional measures are now in place to ensure the safe delivery of all our learning programs. These include: 

  • Additional cleaning between each booking 
  • Regular use of hand sanitiser throughout programs 
  • Use of masks as necessary 
  • Reduced capacity  

A copy of the RBGV CovidSafe Plan can be found here.

Booking a program

Booking requests are best made online here. Then our booking team will be in touch to confirm your visit and discuss any other details. If you have any questions though feel free to call our booking team directly on (03) 9252 2358. 

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

Our programs are offered throughout the Victorian school term, and are available Monday to Friday at the Melbourne Gardens and Monday to Thursday at the Cranbourne Gardens.  

Programs run for 1.5 hours with two session times:  

  • 10.15am – 11.45am  
  • 12.45pm – 2.15pm 

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 Accounts 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 Nurtured by Nature Fund supports schools, who otherwise would not be able to visit our gardens, to undertake a variety of nature-based experiences. The fund enables schools to apply for subsided travel and programs costs, school partnerships and digital garden experiences. If you would like to find out more about the opportunities provided click here.

Getting here

Melbourne Gardens

Information on how to get to Melbourne gardens can be found here

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

Cranbourne Gardens

Information on how to get to Cranbourne gardens can be found here

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 takes no responsibility for personal belongings.

Toilets

The closest toilets are located next to the Visitor Centre opposite Observatory House, and 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 enter the gardens via the Event Drop-Off Point outside the Ian Potter Lakeside Precinct. At the time of your program, an RBGV Learning Facilitator will meet you and your student on the lawns of the Ian Potter Lakeside Precinct. See School Arrival and Departure Notice for more information.

Bag Storage

Schools may leave bags on the lawns of the Ian Potter Lakeside Precinct, however, items of value should be carried with you at all times as RBGV takes no responsibility for personal belongings.

Toilets

The nearest toilets are located at the kiosk, a short walk, there are other 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 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

School Arrival and Departure Notice

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.

Learn more


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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