Tertiary Melbourne

The National Herbarium of Victoria and Melbourne Gardens have a history of nearly 160 years of providing education, recreational and scientific research to Australia and the rest of the world. The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Learning Team allows teachers and students to take advantage of the rich resources to enliven and enrich studies in education, biology, science, health science, geography, environment, horticulture, art and history.

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 (inc. GST)
$234 per class, for small groups (Minimum Charge)
Teachers / Adults free

All bookings and info

T 03 9252 2358

Melbourne programs

Health and Wellbeing in Nature NEW

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.

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Landscapes for Learning 

Suitable for students of landscape design, education and early childhood studies

Through the exploration of the plants and landscapes of the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, students discover how the development of an outdoor play and learning space for children can be centred around imaginative play. Topics discussed may include child participation in the planning process, development and application of a learning philosophy (pedagogy), plant selection, creation of space or rooms, the role of literature, children and the real work of a garden, links to VELS, discussion on the risk, challenges and perceived dangers of outdoor play, forging community partnerships and developing sustainable practises. Education students are engaged in the work and play of the garden. Students meet with members of the IPFCG design team.

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Sustainable Gardening

Suitable for students of education, health and school community gardens

The basic skills of good gardening are taught during this hands-on program that explores water conservation, organic gardening methods, composting and worm farming. Students will consider ideas for designing or developing their own gardens.

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Nature Play and Your Child

Suitable for students of design, childcare and education, as well as playgroup organisers

Find out how to make the most of gardens and other natural settings to stimulate your child's imagination, creativity, learning and enjoyment of the natural world. This workshop includes discussion about the value of free and structured play, hands-on experiences designed to support you in your role as a facilitator of nature play, and an exploration of the play potential of plants and landscapes using Melbourne Gardens. Please note: group bookings only, minimum 15 adults.

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Behind the Scenes

This program allows you to enter the National Herbarium of Victoria and the Gardens’ Nursery Collections to view some fascinating botanical specimens. This guided tour involves looking at the work of the Herbarium and Nursery, including plant identification, propagation and research.  It also looks at how herbarium specimens are collected, prepared, documented and mounted. Students will view a variety of mounted herbarium specimens, observe specimens being mounted and visit a number of different propagation houses in our nursery.

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