Service for Non-Birmingham Local Authority Schools*
How do bananas grow? Where does chocolate come from? Why do cactus plants look so strange? Find out the answer to these questions and many more, as your pupils explore our 4 glasshouses and 15 acres of gardens. Pupils are fortunate in being able to experience a wide variety of environments in one place. They can walk straight from experiencing hot and humid tropical conditions into a desert climate and observe changes to plants due to the seasons.
We provide a unique service to schools and colleges across the West Midlands and beyond. Most schools arrive at 10am and leave at 2:30pm but you can choose your own package suitable for your needs. Opt for either a self-guided visit where teachers can lead their own activities using the wide range of comprehensive teachers' resources on-line. Or for a small extra fee, why not add an hour's teaching session per class that you bring (maximum capacity is two classes per day)? Teaching sessions take place either in the glasshouses or out in the gardens and there are a wide range to choose from that will be tailor-made to your age group and topic.
Please use our drop down menu from the 'Education' tab to find out more about our education service and how to book a school visit (also available to view in the menu options at the bottom of the page).
* Birmingham Schools book via a different organisation which is currently the Birmingham Outdoor Learning Service. Their contact details can be found under the tab entitled 'Booking a School Visit'.
The Gardens are recognised as a centre of excellence and we are delighted to have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge in recognition of our high quality education service.
Growing Schools Garden Award
The Gardens are proud to announce being awarded a Growing Schools Garden Award in recognition by the Department for Education that we:
- exemplify good practice, including risk management, in children's learning in the natural environment.
- provide access to gardens that offer a range of plant displays and opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
- are host to teacher training and educators to develop outside classrooms for learning.
The Growing Schools Garden Award
for more information.
Courses by the Birmingham Metropolitan College
The Birmingham Metropolitan College offers a wide range of courses at the Gardens. Click here for further details from the College website.