Primary Melbourne

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.

Session times

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

Melbourne bookings and information

T 03 9252 2358

Cranbourne bookings and information

T 03 5990 2200

Melbourne programs

Health and Wellbeing in Nature 

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. Activities also included in this program are mandala and pot pourri making.

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Carbon Futures – taking action against Climate Change (Level 4-6)

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. 

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Connecting to Country

Connecting to Country is designed to give students a greater understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture, particularly of the local Koolin. Experiences include making and using ochre paint, string making and a hands-on exploration of tools. The emphasis is on diversity and examining sustainable land practices used by Aboriginal people.

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Introduction to the Gardens

This program provides an introduction to the wondrous world of plants. Activities may include making pot pourri in the Herb Garden, planting a seedling, and learning about plant structure, survival and the importance of plants in our lives.

The Magic Garden

With a sense of adventure and weaving their own magic, children meet the plants that live in the garden and find out what they have to say! Students create crowns with plant material collected in the Children’s Garden and make pot pourri in the Herb Garden. A sensory focused exploration of the Gardens.

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Garden Art

This arts-based program gives students opportunities to respond to inspiring environments and garden experiences creatively, cooperatively and imaginatively. Students create group collages from plant materials, explore cycles and spirals in nature and create leaf rubbings.

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The Rainforest

Experience a rainforest in the centre of Melbourne! Within the Gardens there is a huge diversity of rainforest plants from Australia and around the world. Students will explore rainforest structure and ecology and the importance of rainforest conservation. Students make forest animals from plant materials.

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This program provides students with the chance to observe minibeasts in different habitats and explore their connection to the plant world. Student experiences may include investigating a worm farm, hunting for minibeasts with magnifying glasses and exploring how plants can repel or attract minibeasts.

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Food Forest

This program makes hands-on and sensory connections between food and plants, giving students the opportunity to observe carnivores and herbivores, and understand nutrient cycles and food chains. Exploring the harvest of the Kitchen Garden, students make connections between plants, healthy diets, organic and sustainable gardening. Activities include planting a food plant to grow at school, exploring a worm farm and harvesting food from the vegetable garden.

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Sustainable Gardening (Level 3-6)

The basic skills of good gardening practice are taught during this hands-on program that includes water conservation, organic gardening methods, composting and worm farming. While exploring the Children’s Garden and the wider Botanic Gardens, students will consider ideas for designing or developing their own garden. Activities include the propagation of a plant to take home.

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Plantworks (Level 3-6)

Explore the structure and function of plants and investigate amazing adaptions from a variety of ecosystems. Student experiences may include looking at plants under a microscope, potting up a seedling and visiting a variety of plants within the gardens.

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Plants and Animals

The focus of this program is the fascinating plant and animal interrelationships that exist in garden environments. Students will look closely at soil, make their own creature from plant materials, and visit the Tropical Hot House to meet carnivorous plants.

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Other Melbourne activities

  • Stroll down to the lake and visit the swans and the eels.
  • Visit the rainforest habitat in the Fern Gully and discover the rainforest plants and animals that live there.
  • Journey up to the Temple of the Winds and take in the breath taking views.
  • Take in the peace and serenity of the Gardens and find a shady tree to relax under.