Professional Development

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria provides an extensive range of professional development opportunities for teachers at all levels, all year round. To request a booking please contact the Education Bookings office:

T 03 9252 2358

Professional Development Offerings

Nature for Health and Well-being

Put aside busy schedules and the demands of everyday life and be led on a sensory exploration of the Gardens. Awaken the inner child through playful activities interwoven with times of contemplation and reflection. Join in discussion about how we can integrate these qualities into our work with children.
Share hands on practical experiences that help us tune in to the natural world around us. Be immersed in the rich landscape of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria through mindfulness in the Fern Gully, peering through leaf windows, creating a mandala using natural materials and connecting with Indigenous culture and ceremony.

Health and wellbeing is interconnected with time spent in natural environments. Being in nature reduces anger, fear, anxiety and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.
Participants will look at how to help children brainstorm and discuss the role of healthy foods, physical exercise and spending time outside to cultivate health and wellbeing. Through practice of mindfulness exercises, participants will learn to nurture their own self-awareness and greater awareness of others and the natural world.

When: Wednesday 16 November 2016
Where: Melbourne Gardens
Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Cost: $85
Bookings: 03 9252 2358

Bush Kinder - Nature Play for Teachers (New Program)

Bush Kinder is a rapidly growing format that takes early years children into natural settings on a regular basis. Children then engage with nature and each other to develop a strong sense of who they are and where they sit in the natural and social world. It is the teacher’s job to facilitate safe, rich and challenging exploration, discovery and socialisation. This program discusses why nature play is gathering momentum throughout the world. It also looks more deeply at the practical considerations required to deliver this pedagogy in the appropriate setting.
Session is 1 hour 45 minutes in length.

Where: Cranbourne Gardens
Cost: $15.00 per participant (Minimum $208 for small groups). Maximum Group size 25.

Feedback from participants

''I had a really lovely day and I loved all the hands on ideas that don't require lots of funding! Thank you so much."

"Really useful information which has inspired me to continue to work in our community garden and motivate others"

"Great food, loved the nibbles, relaxed enthusiastic professionals, excellent day, thank you"