Immerse your class in the magical world of a garden where experience-based learning creates connections through gardening, play, the inspiration of story and the child’s imagination. Each program is led by a Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria facilitator and can be adapted to suit individual group needs.
The following programs incorporate the Victorian Curriculum. They provide an excellent means of teaching across the learning areas in an integrated way.
All programs 1 hour and 45 minutes in duration.
10.15am to 12noon
12.30pm to 2.15pm
Program prices (domestic)
$13 per student (includ. GST)
$234 per class, for small groups (Minimum Charge)
Teachers / Adults free
Bookings and information
T 03 9252 2358
Health and Wellbeing in Nature (New Program)
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.
In this specially developed new program, students are invited to explore the physical, mental and emotional benefits of spending time outside. Participants will brainstorm and discuss the role of healthy foods, physical exercise and spending time outside in cultivating 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.
Carbon Futures - taking action against Climate Change
The Carbon Futures program takes students out of the classroom and into the bush to gain a practical look at carbon in the environment and how it relates to climate change. Students will learn about how carbon works in different natural systems measuring carbon in trees. Students will also discover the many other services a forest has to offer people anywhere on the planet. Find out what it means for us and what we can do about it individually, take home a drought tolerant, carbon fixing plant.
Deserts are challenging places for people, plants and animals to survive. They are environments of extremes where unpredictable change is normal. Students will learn about how living things survive in hot, dry deserts and the causes of desertification. Pot up a drought tolerant plant and examine the features that Australian plants have evolved to allow them to conserve water. Explore the Arid Garden, the Red Sand Garden and the Dry River Beds of the Australian Garden and discover what makes Australia deserts unique.
Discover the importance of the environment to the Koolin people and how plants were used for fibre, medicine tools and food. Experiences include a discovery walk, exploring tools, making and using ochre paint and tasting Lemon Myrtle tea. The emphasis is on diversity and examining sustainable land practices used by Aboriginal people.
Learn indigenous knowledge of agricultural systems and become familiar with regional food plants in the Australian Garden. Discover how the land was managed for food production, harvesting and preparation. Activities include; investigating tools and technology, participating in wattle seed production through grinding and tasting Lemon Myrtle Tea.
Scents and Senses
Immerse yourself in sensory bliss. Explore the Australian Garden with all of your senses in a manner that will delight, excite and surprise you with its depth and intensity. Smell and taste the flavours of Australia, see the clear, strong light illuminating our landscapes and hear the sounds hidden by our everyday rush. Above all, feel more than the textures of a time worn land, feel the excitement of a special place. Experiences include ochre painting, sensory tour and bushfood tasting.
Seed to Tree
Plants are really amazing, especially when you explore their role in sustaining and creating the biosphere. Find out how plants function, and pot up a seedling. Discover the huge diversity of plants in Australia and their adaptations to the Australian environment. Experiences include potting up a plant, discovery-walk, observations and sensory exploration of plants.
Sustainable Gardening (Water in a Dry Country)
Gardening is a productive and creative form of expression. Learn how to be creative while you help conserve our precious biodiversity and our water resources. This is a tactile and socially instructive session. Experiences include group workshopping a landscape design, mulch sculpture construction, potting up a plant and worm farming.
Explore the award winning contemporary cultural interpretation of the Australian flora and landscapes and our remnant native bushland. Discover and identify iconic Australian plant and animal communities as they occur in the Australian Garden.
Experiences include a discovery walks in the Australian Garden and the remnant bushland, treasure box and ponding.
Investigate the creatures we share our bush and wetlands with, exploring how they live and their lifecycles. How do minibeasts help our gardens grow and why do plants attract or repel them? Experiences include ponding, discovery-walk, animal observations and sensory exploration of plants and water.
Cranbourne suggested activities
- Wander up to Trig Point Lookout to take in the amazing views from the mountains to the sea. On a clear day you can see forever (Mt Macedon, the You Yangs, Phillip Island and the City).
- Cool your feet wading in the marked section of the Rockpool Waterway.
- Climb on redgum Hortasaurus and slide down his big red tongue in the Children's Backyard.
- Discover the fossils and footprints in the shady Desert Discovery Camp sand pit.
- 50 things for kids to do (PDF - 1.82 kB)