Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria provides an extensive range of professional development opportunities for teachers at all levels, all year round.
Our curriculum-based professional learning experiences and resources support teachers in engaging student learning in, and connecting with, the natural environment. Programs are delivered in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and leading education organisations.
19 October, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Join us for a professional learning day exploring culture in collaboration with Early Life Foundations and the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. Connect to country and discover how to embed culture into early childhood pedagogy through experiential and sensory play-based activities, including investigating aboriginal tools, experiencing weaving techniques, creating art using ochre and more.
9 November, 8.15am - 3.30pm
Storey Hall, RMIT
This one-day expo brings together teachers from all over Victoria who are interested in planning rich city-based experiences for their students. It’s a one stop shop for information about more than 25 different organisations, plus planning and safety tips that will help you identify options, target links to learning outcomes and build a purposeful city-based program for your students. Suitable for all primary and secondary teachers who coordinate city-based programs and camps for their schools. Click here for more information.
13 November, 9.30am - 3pm
Ever wondered why nature is so inspiring and uplifting? Pattern, shape, form and texture abound in the natural world. Come and explore how learning can be linked to nature and wellbeing for a day at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens. This workshop inspires teachers to provide opportunities which enable children to be connected their world through art-making. We spend the day with Botanic Gardens Education staff, an artist and an early childhood consultant. You will be invited to explore the gardens with a relaxed creative mindset and view how nature and art are integrally linked.
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.
We collect millions of high-quality seeds from native plant species within Victoria for long-term storage, research and restoration programs.
Our scientists work to maintain biological diversity, including genetic variation, essential for functional ecosystems and the long-term viability of species.
Our research helps to identify, document and combat environmental weeds that pose a threat to native ecosystems and biodiversity.
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.
Our horticultural and environmental research is focused on responding to future challenges such as water availability and changing climatic conditions and looking at how these may impact on plant and landscape conservation within the gardens.
At both Cranbourne and Melbourne our land management teams focus on irrigation management, finding alternate water sources, water quality and biodiversity of the lakes system; reducing weeds, protecting plants against pests and diseases and managing soils.
We are constantly striving to improve irrigation efficiency, stormwater treatment, lake ecosystems and water quality in the lake system. Recently the Working Wetlands project was completed at Melbourne Gardens, reducing reliance on potable water by 40%.
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.
The Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens play an active role in raising funds for the gardens through plant sales and programs.
It’s easy to help the Gardens. Any donation over $2 is tax deductible and every dollar helps contributes to the work of the Gardens.
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.
We have just released an exciting new range of programs that encourages students from kindergarten to tertiary to explore the wonders of plants in a highly interactive environment.
Contact our education office to book an immersive experience for your students that will lead to the development of life-long, life-wide skills.
Each year we host an engaging Professional Development program for educators, featuring some of the world’s leading experts in nature-based education.