Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Education




Primary - lessons in the Gardens

Botanic gardens are special places where students come close to nature, experience its abundance and complexity in a safe learning environment. All lessons are closely linked to the New South Wales Board of Studies syllabus outcomes and address the NSW Primary Curriculum Foundation Statements. All lessons are conducted by highly experienced Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust education staff.

Lessons are held at one or more of the three Gardens:

  

These lessons highlight biodiversity and climate change principles

 

Lesson & Garden(s)

Syllabus links

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State and National Parks

What are National and State parks? Find out more about their conservation issues through role play and exploration.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Australian Botanic Garden

  • Science & Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment
  • School Environment Management Plan

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Learn how to sow seeds, take cuttings, compost and keep a worm farm. Find out how we practise sustainable gardening and how you can too!

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Australian Botanic Garden

  • Science & Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment
  • School Environment Management Plan
rainforests

Rainforest Explorers

Experience what rainforests are really like and learn why they are so important. This can be a full-day workshop with Shipwreck Survival.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Australian Botanic Garden

>> Click here to view post-visit activities (access using login and password provided to booked groups)

  • Science & Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment
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Aboriginal People and Plants

Identify local plants and their uses with our knowledgeable Aboriginal educators. Can be a full day workshop.

>> Click here for a general overview of Aboriginal heritage at Sydney's Botanic Gardens 

>> Click here to view pre- and post-visit activities (access using login and password provided to booked groups)

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Australian Botanic Garden

  • Science & Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment
First-Fleet

Contact - First Encounters

Discover what really happened when the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Harbour in 1788 and encountered the local Aboriginal people - First Farm and Cadi Garden.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

  • Human Society and its Environment
environment matters

Seuss, Seeds and Sustainability

Using Dr Seuss's Lorax as inspiration, explore how we can manage environments sustainably from seed banks to ecosystems. 

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

  • English
  • Science & Technology
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Minibeasts

Explore the diverse range of animals that live in the Gardens and how they adapt, thrive and survive.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Australian Botanic Garden

  • Science & Technology
wet and dry

Wet and Dry

Examine life in ponds, rainforest and arid gardens. Investigate plant and animal features that help them survive in wet and dry places. Also suitable for Early Childhood.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Australian Botanic Garden

  • Science & Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment
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Get Growing

Discover the life cycle of plants and experience the joys of growing your own. Also suitable for Early Childhood.

>> Click here to view pre- and post-visit activities (access using login and password provided to booked groups)

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Australian Botanic Garden

  • Science & Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment
  • Connected Outcomes Groups
Native Rockery

Plants: Parts, Pollinators and Propagation

Plants are living things that have recognisable characteristics. Come and explore plants in the Botanic Garden as we discover how they reproduce, grow and change.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

  • Yr 3 Science (Biological) Understanding
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Blue Mountains Ecology - Self-guided trail (available Term 1 2015)

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

 

Interactive learning - Australian Botanic Garden ONLY

Virtual excursions and iPad discovery lessons on Seed Stories, Environment Survival, Sustainable Gardening and Plant Classification.

Choo Choo Express - Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ONLY

Choo Choo

After your lesson in the Royal Botanic Garden take a ride on the Choo Choo Express. One teacher or adult will need to stay with the students in each carriage of the train. Bookings essential - duration 30 minutes, $5 per student. Enquire with the Community Education Bookings Officer on 9231 8134 (Monday to Friday) when booking your excursion.