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Royal Botanic Gardens Education utilises the rich natural and cultural resources of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne to provide opportunities to enliven and enhance the learning of students from kindergarten to tertiary. The service also provides teacher professional development and teachers' resources.

Programs are 1 hour 45 minutes and guided by qualified teachers providing face to face engagement through stories, hands-on experience and the rich sensory environment of the Gardens. Learning is immersive and social and leads to the development of life-long, life-wide skills.

If you would like to contact us to make a booking please call:

Education Services Melbourne (for all Education enquiries and requests including the booking form): edserv@rbg.vic.gov.au

Pedagogy

Sensory, Physical, Emotional

Royal Botanic Gardens Education utilises the rich natural and cultural resources of RBG Melbourne and Cranbourne to provide opportunities to enliven and enhance the learning of students from kindergarten to tertiary. The service also provides teacher professional development and teachers’ resources.

Programs are 1 hour 45 minutes and guided by a qualified teachers providing face to face engagement through stories, hands-on experience and the rich sensory environment of the Gardens. Learning is immersive and social and leads to the development of life-long, life-wide skills.

A learner-centred approach to teaching that works with the learner's curiosity and intrinsic motivation; this generates a problem solving approach through direct experiences and explorations. Rich outdoor environment stimulates deep learning in a variety of ways; the 'Multiple Intelligences Theory' - as outlined by Howard Gardner acknowledges that students need to move, sense, explore, discuss and relate to a stimulating environment in accordance with their own learning styles.

Our programs therefore take an integrated and holistic approach to learning, making powerful connections to the AusVELS and POLT’s (Principles of Learning and Teaching).

Programs incorporate authentic pedagogy using real environments, learning through real problem solving, inquiry and participation.

Royal Botanic Gardens Education programs also address the critical curriculum, which means "educational processes which create a more just and wise social world" (McNaughton and Williams 1998). Ethically aware students are empowered to take action and make changes to ensure a sustainable and just world for future generations.


Feedback from participants

'Yes - there was something for everyone ...ponding, feeling/smelling plants, creating pot pourri bags, listening to trees!' 
Grade 2

'At the Botanic Gardens the children were able to see/touch and smell on a grand scale - GREAT!!'
Kindergarten

'It is important that the children become aware of such a beautiful garden that provides a diverse range of opportunities to learn, relax, explore, etc.' 
Grade 1

'It was very beneficial to have a guide who had a natural love and enthusiasm for nature.' 
Primary

'The program has made a huge shift in the way my students view Indigenous Australians and it has changed some previous incorrect misconceptions'
Grade 5 and 6

'Thank you! The welcoming ceremony was amazing!'
Grade 5 and 6

'Student engagement and continuation of interests related to school and home practices' 
Prep

'The tour provided an excellent sensory experience for the group' 
Grade 1

'The activities provided the foundations for classroom investigations and supportive theme content'
Grade 1

'Yes most appropriate - different activities allowed for learning styles.  Listening, doing, making, creating, exploring' 
Early Learning Centre, 3 and 4 year olds

'Very imaginative and captivating'
Kindergarten

'Yes, we had a student with special needs and I was very grateful that the educator asked if she was doing all she could to cater for him' 
Prep

'The kitchen garden was just inspiring, we have been slowly implementing sustainable gardens in our kinder.  This made it inspiring again'
4 and 5 year olds, Kindergarten

'... the children were keen to ask their parents to take them to the Gardens in holiday time.'
Prep

'I was very impressed with the program of numerous short activities and with the way you were able to impart such a lot of information in a format that they would comprehend.  My son has repeated the information about the bees and the figs nearly word for word for the family at the dinner table tonight.' 
Parent of a Kindergarten Group