Professional development



The Botanic Gardens of South Australia's education team delivers teacher professional development sessions for all staff throughout the year, from pre-school to senior secondary, covering a wide range of concepts.

All sessions are aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers Framework, with certificates of attendance issued upon completion.

We offer professional development sessions either at the botanic gardens or at your site.

To enquire about tailored professional development for your site, please contact one of our educators:

Phone: 8222 9344

Digging in to the World of Compost - Educator Workshop

Date: Wednesday 11 April
Time: 4:30pm to 6pm
Where: Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden, Adelaide Botanic Garden
Cost: $20 - bookings via our Eventbrite page

Join compost expert Georgia Pollard (Edible Gardens Project) in Adelaide Botanic Garden's Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden for a hands-on workshop and learn all about the wonderful world of compost!

The workshop aims to increase capacity and knowledge of educators.

Composting goes hand-in-hand with gardening: it provides a cheap and vital resource for returning nutrients back into the soil to increase plant health and growth.

It's also great for the environment as it reduces waste that goes to landfill.

Not only this, but a compost bin, bokashi or worm farm all make wonderful and engaging teaching tools.

Learn about the importance of compost, the different ingredients, and how to help along a slow compost pile. We’ll even build our own compost heap from scratch!

Topics include:

  • Composting basics, the smell test and guidelines
  • Kids & compost: stinky smells, micro-organisms and compost cake layers
  • Small scale systems: bokashi and worm farms
  • Medium scale composting (hot & cold methods)
  • Composting for larger gardens
  • Troubleshooting

So come along, get ready to get your hands dirty and learn! Numbers are limited so book now to secure your ticket.

What to bring

Gardening gloves and appropriate “gardening” and weather-appropriate clothes, a notebook if you'd like to take notes (you also receive a compost "cheat sheet”), camera or tablet if you like.