Outdoor Educational Visits

Why is white chocolate white, but milk chocolate brown? How do pineapples grow? From which plant can both houses and clothing be made? Why do cactus plants look so strange? What is a tenrec?

Find out the answer to these questions and many more, as you explore our 4 spectacular glasshouses and 15 acres of flourishing gardens.

Here at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, we offer an educational visit like no other. You can explore our unique glasshouses and experience an authentic rainforest adventure! Then, walk straight from experiencing hot and humid tropical conditions into a desert climate and observe the changes to plants due to the seasons. Then, wander down to the Alpine Yard and Rock Garden to marvel at the beautiful flora found on the Tundra.

 

An Outdoor Educational Visit like no other!

The Gardens contain over 7,000 different plants from all around the world. Experience the humidity and smells of the Tropical House, look (but don’t touch!) with wonder at the carnivorous plants in the Subtropical House, admire the fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean House, and marvel at the bizarre and fascinating ways that cacti have developed to protect themselves in the harsh environment of the world’s deserts (Arid House). Don’t forget to allow plenty of time, in addition, to wander around the stunning grounds seeing the giant Koi Carp and Victorian Cascade in the Rock Garden, be amazed by the National Bonsai Collection in our Japanese Garden, stop and smell the many herbs in our Herb Garden, be fascinated by our exotic bird collection from all over the world, play on our amazing new Treetops Adventure playground and, you never know, bump into our free-roaming peacocks!

Allow us to share the knowledge and experience we have gained over nearly 200 years in our expertly-taught, cross-curricular Teaching Sessions that will be tailor-made to your age group and topic. Or opt for a self-guided visit where group leaders can lead their own activities using our wide range of Educational Resources.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL EDUCATIONAL VISITS

We provide a unique service, both to schools, colleges and nurseries in term-time, but also to uniformed groups (e.g. brownies, scouts), holiday clubs and youth groups at weekends and during school holidays. Most visits begin when we open at 10am, but you can choose your own arrival and departure times to best suit your requirements.

PRE-VISITS

We recommend that group leaders carry out a pre-visit, even if you have been to the Gardens before. For free admission any time during the Gardens’ opening hours, simply bring letterheaded paper from your school, signed by your Head Teacher and with the date of your visit, to present at Reception. (Please note that if you bring any guests with you, they will be charged admission.)

LOtC Quality Badge

School Trips Quality Badge

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

Growing Schools Garden Award

Birmingham Botanical Gardens are proud to have been 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.

Children’s University

Outdoor Education School Trips Quality Badge - Outdoor learning

The Children’s University is an international critically-acclaimed charity which encourages all children aged 5 to 14 years to try new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills through participation in innovative and creative Learning Activities outside of the school day.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens are a registered Children’s University Learning Destination, where Passport to Learning credits can be achieved by completing our exciting Learning Activities.