Professional Development

Royal Botanic Gardens provides an extensive range of professional development opportunities for teachers at all levels, all year round. To request a booking please contact the Education Bookings office on Ph. 03 9252 2358 or email

Vacation care and Professional Development programs now available for booking.

Presentation by Prof. Peter Singer

Join Australian philosopher and acclaimed author Professor Peter Singer for a special presentation at RMIT on Friday 25 July and you'll be supporting the Gardens at the same time!

Professor Singer will discuss a range of topics including animal rights, ethics, world poverty, climate change, and human life and death issues. The presentation will be followed by an interview with Peter Singer conducted by Lynda Stoner (Chief Executive Officer of Animal Liberation NSW) and a Q&A session with the audience. 

Proceeds from the Melbourne and Sydney events will be directed to the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Animal Liberation New South Wales, the Jane Goodall Institute AustraliaWinged Horse Equine Welfare Inc. and Animals Australia.

When: Friday 25 July
Time: doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start
Where: Capitol Theatre Melbourne, RMIT Building, 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Bookings: Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster
Cost: Various

A Shared Country

The Royal Botanic Gardens in partnership with the Catholic Education Office Melbourne will present sessions on; the cross curricula priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people in the AusVELS and Indigenous culture.

When: Tuesday 29 July 2014
Time: 10 - 4 pm
: RBG Cranbourne, Auditorium at the Visitor Centre, Australian Garden
Bookings: Bookings essential 5990 2200  
Cost: $50

Food Gardens for Schools & Kinders

Participants will see food growing at school in a new light – look at using food plants to enhance your school grounds through good design; develop ideas on how to share fresh produce with your school community and try some simple recipes that kids will love tasting and sharing:    

  • hardy, edible plants for schools
  • multi-function garden design
  • share some tasty recipes
  • cooking without a kitchen

When:  Wednesday 12th November
Time:   9.30 – 4.00pm
Where: RBG Melbourne
Bookings: Bookings essential 5990 2200  
Cost:    $50

New Professional Development opportunity at your school

Would you like us to visit your school or early learning centre? We offer consultation on how to enhance your outdoor play spaces or we can deliver a range of workshops utilising your outdoor areas. Please call RBG Melbourne to discuss how we can tailor to your individual needs.

Feedback from participants

''I had a really lovely day and I loved all the hands on ideas that don't require lots of funding! Thank you so much."

"Really useful information which has inspired me to continue to work in our community garden and motivate others"

"Great food, loved the nibbles, relaxed enthusiastic professionals, excellent day, thank you"