Professional Development 2015

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:

T: (03) 9252 2358


Professional Development (PDF - 187 kB) programs now available for booking.

2015 Professional Development Offerings

A Shared Country

Be inspired by Aunty Marg Worn Harrison's personal story, she is a Koorie Education Worker in the Mornington Peninsula area. Find out how to engage indigenous students in your classroom by learning about the Stronger Smarter program with Paul Munday, an indigenous education officer from the Catholic Education Office, Sale. Participate in a "walk and talk" with Gwen Michener, RBG Cranbourne education team and learn about the indigenous uses of plants for food, medicine and fibre. The Aboriginal education officer from the RBG Melbourne, Ben Church will present on his traditional Gunditjmara indigenous ecological knowledge and dispel the myth of the nomadic hunter gatherer lifestyle! Sharee Harper from Monash University will present on how to create an Indigenous garden - plant selection and maintenance.

  • When: Friday 11 September
  • Where: RBG Cranbourne, Auditorium
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Cost: $75 (morning tea and lunch provided)
  • Bookings: (03) 5990 2200

Food gardens for schools and kinders

Join us for a day of fun in a food forest and find out how to share the magic with children. Learn how to use food plants to enhance your school and kinder gardens. Develop ideas on how to share fresh produce with your school community and try some simple recipes that kids will love tasting and sharing. Discover hardy, edible plants for schools including multi-function garden design.

  • When: Wednesday 18 November
  • Where: RBG Melbourne
  • Time: 9.30am – 4pm
  • Cost: $75
  • Bookings: (03) 9252 2358

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"