The following programs are designed to incorporate the Victorian Curriculum. They provide an effective and integrated approach for teaching across the learning areas. Each program is led by a Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria facilitator and can be adapted to suit individual group needs. Teacher professional development workshops are also available on request.
All programs 1 hour and 45 minutes in duration.
10.15am to 12noon
12.30pm to 2.15pm
Program prices (domestic)
$11.90 per student (includ. GST)
$214.20 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
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 actiona 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.
Threatened Species- Southern Brown Bandicoot (New Program)
The Southern Brown Bandicoot is a nationally threatened small mammal that is locally common and active during the day at Cranbourne Gardens due to a highly successful conservation program. In this fieldwork based program explore what bandicoots need to thrive in a heathland environment. Discover what has been done to protect this remnant population and the landscapes they call home. Activities include: Discovery walk, simple fieldwork exercise (transect) and fire ecology task.
Australian Deserts (New Program)
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.
Indigenous programs - Shared Country or Bush Foods
Discover the importance of the environment to the Koolin people and how plants were used for food, fibre, medicine and tools. Experiences can include either a discovery walk, examining artefacts, ochre art and plant food tasting or grinding and tasting wattle seed, Lemon Myrtle Tea and other plant leaf products.
Explore the award-winning contemporary cultural interpretation of the Australian Garden and our remnant native bushland, and discover the iconic Australian plant and animal communities that live there. Experiences include a discovery walk, ponding and treasure box.
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 water resources. Experiences include group workshopping a landscape design, mulch sculpture construction, potting up a plant and worm farming.
VCE programs offered at Cranbourne Gardens are tailored to specific curriculum needs. Subjects can include Biology, Geography and Environmental Studies and Science.
Programs include Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems, Conservation of Endangered Species and Resource Use and Management.