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 30 minutes in duration.
10.15am to 11.45am
12.45pm 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
Baby Bilby (Foundation)
Based on the Narelle Oliver book, ‘Baby Bilby, where do you sleep?’ students go on a journey of discovering animal habitats in the Australian Garden. Inspired by the story, students use natural materials to create Australian landscapes, build burrows, make tracks and play in the desert sands, and explore the rhythm of animal movements through music and dance.
Experiences include; a discovery walk, sand play, creative nature art and rhythm and dance.
Minibeasts (Foundation – Year 2)
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.
Seed to Tree (Foundation – Year 4)
Plants are really amazing, especially when you explore their role in sustaining and creating the biosphere. Discover the huge diversity of plants in Australia, their adaptations to the Australian environment, and learn how plants interact with other living things in an ecosystem.
Experiences include potting up an Australian plant, discovery-walk, observations and sensory exploration of plants and other living things.
Australian Environments (Years 3 – 6)
Discover the amazing diversity and impressive adaptations of animals and plants living amongst the extremes of Australian landscapes. Explore the wetlands and gardens of the award winning Australian Garden and venture into the conservation zone to discover the natural wonders of the Australian bushland.
Experiences include; a discovery walk in the Australian garden and bushland, ponding and a sensory exploration of bushland treasures.
Australian Deserts (Years 5 – 6)
Deserts are environments of extremes. They are challenging places for people, plants and animals to survive. In this program, students will explore how plants and animals survive in desert environments. They will examine how features of Australian plants enable them to conserve water, learn about the amazing adaptations of desert animals, and will discover what makes Australian deserts unique.
Experiences include; potting up a drought tolerant plant, observing plant adaptations under microscopes, and building animal burrows.
Scents and Senses (Foundation – Year 2)
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.
Experiences include; ochre painting, bush food tasting and discovering the treasures of the garden.
Health & Wellbeing in Nature (Years 3 – 6)
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.
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.
Experiences include; creating a journey stick, mindfulness practise, nature art and native tea tasting.
Sustainable Gardening (Foundation – Year 6)
Gardening is a productive and creative form of expression, however Australia’s harsh climate can provide a challenging environment for creating gardens. In this program, students learn about the needs of Australian plants and to understand that using natural and sustainable techniques in garden design can lead to the creation of beautiful, creative, sustainable gardens.
Experiences include: Potting up your own drought tolerant plant, a creative landscape and garden design activity and exploring the role of composting in gardens.
Carbon Futures (Years 5 – 6)
Carbon Futures takes students out of the classroom and into the garden to gain a practical look at carbon in the environment and how it relates to climate change. In this practical and hands-on program, students learn about how carbon works in different natural systems, measure the carbon stored in trees and consider practical ways they can reduce their carbon footprint and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Experiences include; learning about the carbon cycle, and measuring carbon in trees in the Australian Garden and Bushland.
Shared Country (Foundation – Year 6)
Shared Country is designed to give students a greater understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture. Discover the importance of the environment to the Boon Wurrung people and their connection to Country. Explore 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.
Bushfoods (Years 4 – 6)
Students go a learning journey in the Australian Garden to explore the variety of indigenous bushfoods. They will learn Aboriginal knowledge of agricultural systems, food-related tools and become familiar with regional food plants. 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.
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.
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