Education programs - Geelong Botanic Gardens

Our curriculum based education programs foster and build connections between people, plants, and nature through guided discovery and hands-on learning.

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Lower Primary

Foundation to Grade 2

Name of Program Themes EDU Resources Links to Curriculum
Veg Patch Explorers Exploring textures, scents and parts of plants in the veg garden at the GBG.

Optional tasting. 

Take-home seed in a pot.
Sensory Books
Children make textural ‘books’ of different plant materials.
Early Years Learning Framework: Outcome 1, Outcome 4
Victorian Curriculum, Foundation / Level 1:

Seasons and Cycles  Learning the names of the seasons in western and Aboriginal contexts.

Activities and observations in each season.
Seasons Wheels
Children and adults discuss circular seasonal cycles as they make patterns of natural materials.
Early Years Learning Framework: Outcome 1, Outcome 4
Victorian Curriculum Links:
Foundation / Level 1 - Science:



Middle Primary

Grades 3-4

Name of Program Themes EDU Resources Links to Curriculum
Plant Geometry Symmetry in plants – how this is used to classify and describe new species.

Plant charades and movement activities followed by drawing.
Shape & Symmetry
Symmetry, geometry, shape and rotation.

Science knowledge – plant structures, plant taxonomy.

Insects as an extension idea.
Level 3 - Mathematics:


Level 4 - Mathematics:

Levels 3 and 4 - Science

Plant Hunters How and why people collected and transported plants. .

Wardian cases and how they work.
Plant Hunting
History – reasons for exploration and settlement, Geography - natural resources use. Design Tech – build your own Wardian case. 
Level 3, Level 4 - History:


Level 3, Level 4 - Geography:

Level 3, Level 4 - Design & Technologies:

Plant Hunters How and why people collected and transported plants..

Wardian cases and how they work.
Climate Control
Students design and build their own climate case inspired by Wardian cases – can link to modern IT and technologies
Level 3, Level 4 - Design & Technologies:

Decoding the Secrets of Plants Understanding the clues in plant names. .

Where does this plant come from?.

Practicing learning to observe and to look at the features of plants.
Leaf Detectives
Students learn the parts of plants and how leaf shape, texture and size can provide some clues about how the plant has adapted to the conditions of its natural environment.
Level 3, Level 4 - Science:


Upper Primary

Grades 5-6

Name of Program Themes EDU Resources Links to Curriculum
Decoding the Secrets of Plants Understanding the clues in plant names.

Where does this plant come from?

Practicing learning to observe and to look at the features of plants.
Leaf Detectives
Students learn the parts of plants and how leaf shape, texture and size can provide some clues about how the plant has adapted to the conditions of its natural environment.
Level 5, Level 6 - Science:

Going Underground Underground explorers – focusing on compost worms and the importance of building soil. Wriggle olympics
A way to engage students with underground life – worms. Understanding what’s happening in the ground, that soil is an ecosystem of interacting living and non-living things.
Level 5, Level 6 - Science:

Plant Hunters How and why people collected and transported plants.

Wardian cases and how they work.
Climate Control
Students design and build their own climate case inspired by Wardian cases – can link to modern IT and technologies
Level 5, Level 6 - Science:


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Page last updated: Wednesday, 10 August 2022

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