The following programs are designed to incorporate the Victorian Curriculum. They provide an effective and integrated approach for teaching across the Domains. Each program is led by a Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Learning 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)
$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.
Landscapes for Learning
Are you planning a garden or outdoor space at your school?
Do you want the students to be an integral part of the design and implementation process?
Through the exploration of the plants and landscapes of the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, students discover how to develop an outdoor space that can be centred around sustainability, biodiversity, as well as creative and artistic expression .
During their visit they will explore the design of outdoor spaces, using natural materials, the sensory world of plants, real work in the garden, plant selection, sustainability, biodiversity and how these can be incorporated into their own school environment.
Students will take home a seedling or propagated plant to contribute to their garden space.
Connecting to Country (Year 7–VCE)
Connecting to Country is designed to give students a greater understanding and respect for the local Koolin culture. Students visit Long Island, where indigenous plant habitat has been returned and understand the significance of Waa (the raven) and Birrarung (Yarra River). Experiences include making and using ochre paint and string making. The emphasis is on diversity and examining sustainable land practices used by Aboriginal people.
- People, Plants and Place (PDF - 2.04 MB)
- Program Snapshot (MS Word - 108 kB)
- Koorie Heritage Trust program
This program examines the vital resource of water and how Melbourne Gardens uses water saving and water quality improvement strategies. The program explores how to create sustainable habitats for indigenous plant and animal communities in a suburban environment. Students will participate in a variety of activities including ponding for fresh water invertebrates, observations of wildlife habitats and developing ideas for future sustainable resource use.
Biodiversity on the Yarra (Year 7–9)
Where in Melbourne would you go to see spoonbills and night herons feeding at the billabong, eels and long-necked tortoises swimming in a wetland or even powerful owls and a reed warbler? As you walk through this re-vegetated area you will be able to observe some of the interrelationships between the indigenous flora and fauna using binoculars to explore life cycles and food chains. Students will examine aquatic invertebrates through microscopes and pond sampling.
Sustainable Gardening (Suitable for VCAL students)
The basic skills of sustainable gardening practice are taught during this hands-on program exploring water conservation, organic gardening methods, composting and worm farming. Students will consider ideas for designing and developing their own gardens by exploring the landscapes of Melbourne Gardens.
VCE programs offered at Melbourne Gardens are tailored to specific curriculum needs. Subjects can include Biology, Geography and Environmental Studies and Science. Programs include Changing Landscapes, Resource Use and Management, Plant Evolution, Diversity and Adaptations.