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 programs now available for booking.

Nature Play Week 2014

The Gardens has joined forces with the Victorian Child and Nature Connection to present educational workshops, free hands-on activities for kids, and free screenings of David Bond's thought-provoking film Project Wild Thing during Nature Play Week from 1 - 6 April. Here at the Gardens, we firmly believe that Nature Play - free and unstructured time spent in the great outdoors - is a fundamental part of childhood. Join us during Nature Play Week and re-discover how to inspire the imagination.

Also, Cranbourne and Melbourne Botanic Gardens will launch their ’50 things to do before you are 12’ lists.

For more information on Nature Play Week please visit the Facebook page.

Nature, play and your child – a workshop for parents

Play is the work of children, the nature of being a child. This workshop for parents will be held at both Melbourne and Cranbourne. Find out how nature provides inspiration for children’s creativity and imaginative play. Topics include plant selection for child-centred gardens, the role of natural materials and stories, and the benefi ts of time spent in nature to nurture children’s learning:

Time: 10am — 12pm
Cost: $25

  • Melbourne: (03) 9252 2358
  • Cranbourne: (03) 5990 2200

Project Wildthing – special screening of feature length film (PG)

Filmmaker David Bond is a worried man. His kids’ waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors - not like it was back in his day.

For session times and to book please visit:


Gardens for learning and play

Participants will gain skills in developing landscapes to support creative learning and thinking processes. Including the role of nature in imaginative play, plant selection, sustainable practices, blending food growing with biodiversity and a garden for play and horticultural skill building.

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.

A Shared Country

The Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) in partnership with the Catholic Education Offi ce Melbourne (CEOM) and Monash University will present a variety of Indigenous activities and presentations.

When: Tuesday 29 July 2014
: Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Auditorium at the Visitor Centre, Australian Garden
Bookings: Bookings essential 5990 2200  
Cost: $50

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"