Planning your excursion

Choose a lesson

  • Decide on the excursion that is best for you by looking through the lesson outlines on this website.
  • There are detailed outlines for every lesson we offer, with curriculum links to help you choose the best excursion for your needs.
Book your excursion
  • At the bottom of each lesson plan is a link to the booking enquiry form. 
  • Please complete the online booking enquiry form, including all your details and preferred excursion dates.
  • Submit your completed form.  You will receive an email to confirm we have received your booking request. 
  • You will be contacted by an Education Coordinator to offer you a date and to confirm your booking. We process all enquiries in the order in which they are received.
Lesson duration

Lessons with our education officers are:

  • Early Childhood & Primary: 1½ hours
  • Secondary: 2 hours
  • Full day workshops: 2½  to 4 hours

Class size

Due to the nature of our outdoor excursions and taking quality learning and occupational health and safety into consideration, our class size is limited to a maximum of:

  • Early Childhood: 25 students
  • Primary: 30 students
  • Secondary: 30 students

Please ensure that you have no more than our required maximum number of students in each of your class groups.

Risk management at the Gardens

All you require for your excursions at the Gardens in regard to risk management to ensure the health and safety of your students, your staff and excursion volunteers can be found at Risk management at the Gardens - school excursions.

Duty of Care

Following the Department of Education and Training policy in regard to ‘Duty of Care', teachers are required to have a minimum of one teacher for every 30 students. 'Duty of Care' requires that each group is supervised by a teacher from your school and that teachers remain with their student group at all times. Parents and other supervising adults are most welcome.

Student discipline

Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust staff are not responsible for dealing with the discipline of your students. This remains the responsibility of the school’s teachers.

Lesson fees

Click here to view fees for 2015

Joint Study Day fees

Australian Biota Study Days

Payment
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust is part of the Office of Environment & Heritage. OEH will invoice the school.
  • Please send your cheque to the postal address on the invoice and the Department will send the receipt to the school.
  • On the day you will be asked to fill in a ‘Confirmation of Invoice Details for Excursion’ form to verify student numbers.
On the day
  • Arrive at the designated meeting point at least 30 minutes before the lesson is scheduled to commence to allow students time to have a bite to eat and go to the toilet (click here for map showing location of the Education Centre and  map of the Royal Botanic Garden showing locations of toilets).
  • An Education Officer will be on hand to greet you and your students.
What if it rains?
  • Garden lessons go ahead even in inclement weather. If it’s raining please bring appropriate wet weather gear.
  • Wet weather facilities are available and even in poor weather the Garden takes on a special atmosphere that creates a meaningful learning environment.
Lunch at the Garden
  • In the interests of helping and enjoying our environment we encourage you to plan a picnic lunch with your students when visiting the Garden.
  • Download information on organising lunch for school excursions
Teachers' checklist
  • Download the teachers' checklist before you come for your excursion
How to get here

3-locations-map Location of the three botanic gardens - click on map to enlarge

Disability access
Cancellation policy
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust requires at least eight (8) working days notice prior to the session for cancellations.

  • As we rely on Casual Education Officers for the excursions, cancellations received less than eight working days prior to the session and 'no shows' will incur a charge of the minimum per lesson charge per booked class group.

  • To cancel your booking please email school.excursions@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au.