A UNIQUE LOCATION FOR YOUR EDUCATIONAL TRIP, WHILST LINKING WITH THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM!
Teaching Sessions are delivered by expert Gardens’ staff and all are tailored to link to the new National Curriculum. But if you cannot see anything that matches your requirements, we will also be happy to design you something bespoke.
Teaching sessions take place in our dedicated classrooms, but also public spaces including outside in the Gardens or within our Glasshouses. We venture out into the Gardens come rain or shine, so please ensure that everyone is appropriately dressed for all eventualities!
Animal Handling (duration: 30 minutes)
Take a look at our exciting and unique animal collection! You will have the opportunity to `get up close` with a range of exotic animals chosen from the following selection: Corn Snake, Panther Chameleon, Gargoyle Gecko, Bearded Dragon, Lesser Tenrec, Fire Salamander, Giant African Land Snail, Poisonous Dart Frog, Giant Chocolate Millipede and Stick Insect! Learn about the special adaptations that these creatures have developed and what habitat they live in, through close observation, together with the opportunity to handle them too! (Please see our Risk Assessment.) Indoor session.
Senses Walk (duration: 40 minutes)
Enjoy time exploring our plant collection in a different way by exciting your senses! Explore the sights through a mirror walk in the tree canopy, the smells through a smelly cocktail party and the textures with a group activity. Outdoor session.
Tree Fun (duration: 40 minutes)
The Botanical Gardens are home to trees from all around the world. Have fun naming them in this sensory and craft-based session as we take the blindfold challenge to explore their different textures, make bark rubbings and a leaf crown to take home as a memento of your visit. Outdoor session.
Musical Rainstorm (duration: 30 minutes)
Have a look at our weird and wonderful plant-based musical instruments from around the world and investigate their different sounds, before making a rainforest storm together as a whole class! Indoor session.
Minibeast Explorers (available spring to autumn) (duration: 30 minutes)
Using our wide range of bug hunting equipment, your pupils will discover what minibeasts inhabit the Gardens. Are they insects? Do they have wings? How many eyes have they got? We will discover lots of exciting information about our multi-legged friends! Outdoor session.
Butterfly Lifecycle with Live Butterflies (available from late May to early September only) (duration: 50 minutes)
Join us to learn all about beautiful butterflies; where in our live butterfly house, teaching comes alive. We first use our giant Velcro kit to understand the butterfly lifecycle and have children dress up as a caterpillar and a butterfly to reinforce their learning in an exciting and practical way. We then venture into the butterfly house to see them flying, drinking and maybe even hatching! Our friendly butterflies may even land on you! Finish the session by making your own colourful butterfly collage to take away with you as a memento of your visit to the beautiful gardens. Indoor & Outdoor session.