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Carbon Futures (5–6)

Students will learn how carbon works in different natural systems and how to measure the carbon stored in trees. They will be challenged to...

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Sustainable Gardening (F–6)

Students will consider the challenges of creating gardens suited to Australia’s harsh climate and learn how using natural and sustainable...

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Scents and Senses (F–2)

Students will smell and taste the flavours of Australia, see the strong light illuminating our landscapes and listen for the sounds hidden...

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Australian Deserts (5–6)

Students will examine the features of Australian plants and how they enable the plants to conserve water. They will learn about the amazing...

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Australian Environments (3–6)

Students will explore the wetlands and gardens of the award-winning Australian Garden and venture into the conservation zone to discover...

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Seed to Tree (F–4)

Students will be introduced to the role plants plan in sustaining and creating the biosphere. They will learn how plants adapt to the...

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Minibeasts (F–2)

Students will explore the life cycle of insects and other invertebrates and learn how they are able to live in the garden. They will...

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Baby Bilby (F)

Based on the story, Baby Bilby, where do you sleep? by Narelle Oliver, students will be encouraged to create Australian landscapes, build...

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Bush Kinder Induction

Children will be introduced to a variety of challenges and experiences that may occur in a bushland environment while Educators discover...

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Balee Koolin Bubup Playgroup

Specially designed to welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families, this playgroup focuses on literacy,...

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Minibeasts

Children will explore the life cycle of insects and other invertebrates and learn how they are able to live in the garden. They will...

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Baby Bilby

Based on the story, Baby Bilby, where do you sleep? by Narelle Oliver, children will be encouraged to create Australian landscapes, build...

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On the Edge of Creation

Inspired by the story, On the Edge of Creation by Baluk Arts, students will immerse themselves in a place-based learning of the Boonwurrung...

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Raindance

Inspired by the story Raindance by Cathy Applegate and Dee Huxley, children will be encouraged to use their movement and creativity to...

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Story of Water Walk

Uncover the story of water in the Australian Garden with an immersive walk through the Gardens’ water journey.

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Summer Nature Play

Explore the trees that some of the animals in the Australian Garden call home through a range of nature play activities.

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Beyond the Gardens

Invite a knowledgeable volunteer guide from the Gardens to visit your venue and take you on a virtual journey down the garden path.

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Teacher Resources

General resources Exploring Environmental History through Botanic Gardens (PDF 1.12 MB) 50 things for kids to do (PDF 1.82 kB) Sample...

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Excursion Planning Information

We realise that planning an excursion is a lot of work. Below we have provided information that will help make arranging your excursion as...

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Gardens Uncovered

Explore behind the scenes and uncover the stories of the Gardens’ significant landscapes.

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Hamlet

Experience Shakespeare under the stars with the tragic masterpiece, Hamlet.

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Watercolour Herbarium

A large scale artwork inspired by the State Botanical Collection at the National Herbarium of Victoria.

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Scents and Senses

Children will smell and taste the flavours of Australia, see the strong light illuminating our landscapes and listen for the sounds hidden...

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You and Me Murrawee

Children will learn about the local Aboriginal people of the Eastern Kulin Nation and share in the reading of You and Me, Murrawee; a...

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Behind the Scenes

Through a guided tour, students will discover the work of the Herbarium and Nursery, including plant identification, propagation and...

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Nature Play and Your Child

Students will explore the play potential of plants and landscapes, gain practical skills to facilitate nature play and discuss the value of...

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Sustainable Gardening

Students will explore water conservation, organic gardening methods, composting and worm farming and consider how these can be incorporated...

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Landscapes for Learning

Students will meet garden experts and learn about the planning, plant selection and landscape creation that went into the development of...

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Health and Wellbeing in Nature

Students will be challenged to consider how being in nature can contribute to positive emotional and physical wellbeing and discuss the...

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Designed by Nature (5–6)

Students will observe the tried and tested biological strategies and patterns of nature and design their own nature-inspired STEM ideas for...

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Sustainable Gardening (7–10)

Through a hands-on experience, students will learn about water conservation, organic gardening, composting and worm farming. They will...

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Connecting to Country (7–9)

Students will learn about the people of the Eastern Kulin Nation and examine the sustainable land practices used by Aboriginal Australians....

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Plants and Animals (F–6)

Students will learn about cycles in nature and the fascinating plant and animal interrelationships and adaptations that exist in different...

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Plantworks (3–6)

Students will investigate the amazing adaptions and features from a variety of Melbourne Gardens’ botanic collections and, using...

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Sustainable Gardening (F–6)

Through a hands-on experience, students will learn about water conservation, organic gardening, composting and worm farming. While...

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Food Forest (F–6)

Students will observe the seasonal produce growing at Melbourne Gardens, develop connections between plants and healthy diets and be...

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Minibeasts (F–6)

Students will learn about the functions of a worm farm and through observation and exploration, will discover the abundance of insects that...

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The Rainforest (F–6)

Students will experience temperate and tropical rainforest environments, investigate the structure and ecology of a rainforest and be...

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Garden Art (F–6)

Students will engage their senses as they explore how biology and art can interact. They will identify different patterns in nature and...

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The Magic Garden (F–6)

Students will play in the Children’s Garden, collecting plant material to create their own crowns or bracelets, observe plant life up...

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Connecting to Country (3–6)

Students will learn about the Boonwurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation and examine the sustainable land practices used by Aboriginal...

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A Garden of Rhythm and Rhyme

Children will immerse themselves in plant-inspired rhymes and stories and listen to the different sounds produced through the Gardens as...

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Minibeasts

Children will explore how insects and other invertebrates live in the Gardens and help plants to grow. They will engage their senses as...

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Food for Life

Children will learn what is involved in growing and looking after plants as they partake in hands-on activities in the Kitchen Garden, such...

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Homes and Hideaways

Children will engage their senses as they explore the Gardens, looking out for animals in their natural habitat and discovering different...

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Wonderful Water

Through a sensory exploration, children will be introduced to the connections between water and living things and how plants can survive in...

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Introduction to the Gardens

As children explore the treasures of the Gardens, they will be introduced to an array of plants that make up the Gardens and discover some...

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You and Me Murrawee

Children will learn how to show respect for Traditional Owners and the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

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Landscapes for Learning

Children will learn about the different plants and landscapes that make up the Children’s Garden and be encouraged to come up with their...

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Australian Native Orchid Show

The Berwick Orchid Club are holding their Australian Native Orchid Show at Cranbourne Gardens. Bring your green thumb and come along to see...

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Arts in the Gardens

Explore the connection between art and nature with these upcoming exhibitions at Melbourne Gardens. From amazing art made by creative kids...

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Father’s Day

Spoil Dad with a day out in nature this Father's Day Do something extra special this year and celebrate with dad at the Gardens. Unwind...

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Starry Southern Skies

See the amazing Australian night sky brought into focus using our powerful heritage telescopes and discover the history of Melbourne...

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MSO Gardens eNews Competition

Sign up to the Gardens eNews for your chance to win two tickets to Sibelius’ Violin Concerto at Hamer Hall! Bliss out to the incredible...

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