The Botanic Gardens offers several unique standalone programs and events throughout the year. These range from World Environment Day in June to cross-site learning collaborations with other cultural organisations.
Unique learning experiences allow students to develop deeper conceptual understandings.
Jeannie Baker Circle Exhibition
A high quality learning experience for Book Week and National Science Week
Dates: August 7-18
Time: 10:30am - 2pm
Ages: Years 4-7 students
Cost: $10 per student, maximum 30 per class
Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden and the State Library of South Australia
We're so excited to host award-winning children's author and artist, Jeannie Baker's, new exhibition based on her book, Circle.
As such we have joined forces with the State Library to create a rich cross-curricular, science/literacy learning experience for children.
Circle is a beautifully-illustrated story that follows the migration of the bar-tailed godwit.
The exhibition displays the magnificent collages behind Jeannie Baker's text which brings to life the environmental impact of changing landscapes and the need to adapt to survive.
We're offering the opportunity for two classes, from the same school, each day to engage in a full-day excursion that includes four learning experiences between two sites - Adelaide Botanic Garden and the State Library of South Australia.
For more information about the day, including information on how to book download the flyer.
The Circle exhibition of Jeannie Baker’s magnificent collages opens at Adelaide Botanic Garden on Wednesday 7 June for school classes to visit.
The cost is $2 per student with attending adults free. These sessions are self-guided but still need to booked through Education.
If you would like a richer learning experience for your students, why not combine this viewing with an educator led session in the Garden? The cost for this is only $6 per student so $5 for the Educator led session and $1 for the Jeannie Baker exhibition. Please contact Education to book.
PE Week at Adelaide Botanic Garden
Date: 13 -17 November
Year level: 4 to 7 (maximum of 30 students)
Time: 10am -1pm (1st session 10 -11am, 2nd session 12 -1pm)
Location: Adelaide Botanic Garden and River Torrens Linear Pathway
Cost: $20 per student
Adelaide Botanic Garden’s education team have partnered up with Bike About to deliver two learning experiences for PE week from November 13-17 (download the flyer).
Students will be guided through a food trail in the garden to explore edible plant groups and where they originate. They will also get active and ride along the beautiful linear pathway that follows the river Torrens, learn about bike safety and the importance of physical activity and its benefits to health and wellbeing.
Children's University - Strange Plants
Strange Plants is a Children's University Trail for ages 10-14 at Adelaide Botanic Garden. Click here for Student Guide. Please note that plant #2 (Mimosa speggazzinii) is currently not available as part of this trail).
Children's University Australia is managed by the University of Adelaide, and it offers educational experiences for children aged between 7 and 14 years, recognising their achievements through the award of formal certificates and graduations.
Heaps Good Productions
Heaps Good Productions' Michael Mills is an acclaimed children's entertainer, and the 2014 SA Science and Science Communicators' Unsung Hero award-winner.
Join him on a series of educational and entertaining walks around the Adelaide Botanic Garden (suitable for Junior Primary and Primary School students).
From exploring the cultures of Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Greece, to going further back in time to the Age of Dinosaurs, or exploring the plight world's rainforests, Michael has developed a reputation for creating world-class, site-specific educational theatre at cultural institutions across Australia.
Indigenous Culture for Kids
Trent Hill is an Indigenous storyteller, educator and guide who has worked at Adelaide Botanic Garden for more than 10 years. His programs for Junior Primary, Primary and Senior School students include:
Aboriginal Plant Use Trails – conducted at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, these trails offer groups a 45-minute walk through the Australian Forest, investigating the traditional uses of trees and plants by Aboriginal people, and relating seasonal movements to the surroundings.
Artefact Lesson – conducted at schools/kindergartens, this is a general introduction to Aboriginal culture, where children can hold traditional artefacts and learn about seasonal movements, roles of men, women and children and the diversity of Aboriginal people (45 minutes).
Dreaming Stories – conducted at schools/kindergartens, A Dreaming Story is told and then its morals discussed. Animal tracks, signs and symbols are drawn on a whiteboard, and in sandpit if available (45 minutes).
Booking and Contact Details
Phone: 0416 847 754
Send Trent an email