Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is a proud partner of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series, a Department of Education and Training (DET) initiative that provides opportunities for high-ability Victorian government school students. With support from the DET, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is providing free opportunities for students to participate in the innovative Designed by Nature Biomimicry Program.
Designed by Nature Biomimicry Program
This new STEM-based program engages students in the emerging discipline of biomimicry (design inspired by nature). Students will observe the tried and tested biological strategies and patterns of nature and learn how nature can be used for design inspiration, and problem-solving. The program is a full-day experience split across two sessions, culminating in a Biomimicry Design Challenge.
The program is led by our Biomimicry Specialist Facilitators, and accompanied by an online resource Pack. Students will come away having participated in a Bio-design Challenge and an invaluable perspective for future careers in STEM.
Whilst this program is ideally delivered at one of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s sites (Melbourne and Cranbourne), the program is currently being delivered virtually during social distancing restrictions in Victoria.
Year Five to Year Eight
Session 1: Bio-design Introduction (AM)
Session 2: Student Design Challenge (PM)
Victoria's flora and fungi are under increasing threat from climate change, environmental weeds, agriculture, forest clearance and urbanisation. Climate change will especially impact on plants restricted to the coldest environments on mountain summits, which are likely to lose their only suitable habitat. At Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, studies of taxonomy, distribution, population genetics, propagation, translocation and seed banking all contribute to the conservation of Victoria’s and Australia's plants and fungi.
We collect millions of high-quality seeds from native plant species within Victoria for long-term storage, research and restoration programs.
Our scientists work to maintain biological diversity, including genetic variation, essential for functional ecosystems and the long-term viability of species.
Our research helps to identify, document and combat environmental weeds that pose a threat to native ecosystems and biodiversity.
Botanic gardens throughout the world play a significant role in helping scientists and the public understand the evolution and history of plants, their present day uses as well as what the future may hold for plants in natural environments. Across our two locations at Melbourne and Cranbourne, our experienced horticulture teams manage 45 plant collections as well as a significant area of precious bushland at Cranbourne Gardens. All of our collections feature plant labels which show each plant's scientific name comprised of a genus and species.
Our horticultural and environmental research is focused on responding to future challenges such as water availability and changing climatic conditions and looking at how these may impact on plant and landscape conservation within the gardens.
At both Cranbourne and Melbourne our land management teams focus on irrigation management, finding alternate water sources, water quality and biodiversity of the lakes system; reducing weeds, protecting plants against pests and diseases and managing soils.
We are constantly striving to improve irrigation efficiency, stormwater treatment, lake ecosystems and water quality in the lake system. Recently the Working Wetlands project was completed at Melbourne Gardens, reducing reliance on potable water by 40%.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has a special place in the hearts and minds of all Victorians. The Gardens has played an important role in the cultural development of Melbourne and can continue to flourish with the help of passionate individuals. There are many ways to get involved with the Gardens and we value any level of support, whether you are a friend or a donor, a member of our Director’s Circle or one of our volunteers. There are also ways to honour those you love by dedicating a tree or a bench within the Garden of your choice.
The Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens play an active role in raising funds for the gardens through plant sales and programs.
It’s easy to help the Gardens. Any donation over $2 is tax deductible and every dollar helps contributes to the work of the Gardens.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne and Cranbourne offers a rich learning environment for students of all ages and abilities. Our Education Services team develops adaptive, strategic curriculum based programs to assist teachers and provide an enjoyable and valuable learning experience for students from kindergarten to university. Each education program is designed to support teachers in achieving the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and is delivered by a qualified teacher.
We have just released an exciting new range of programs that encourages students from kindergarten to tertiary to explore the wonders of plants in a highly interactive environment.
Contact our education office to book an immersive experience for your students that will lead to the development of life-long, life-wide skills.
Each year we host an engaging Professional Development program for educators, featuring some of the world’s leading experts in nature-based education.