Education at the gardens
Lessons in the gardens
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha offers 21 hands-on outdoor learning opportunities for early childhood, primary and senior school groups. Our lessons are aligned with the National Curriculum and have been designed to suit specific prep, primary and secondary levels.
To make a booking enquiry view the complete Lessons in the Gardens program.
Environment Centres’ School Learning Program
Council's Environment Centres also offer curriculum-based lessons at Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre and Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre. Find out more about the lessons, get a copy of the program or make a booking.
Kitchen and art workshops
The Kitchen in the Garden is our premier outdoor teaching facility and is used for a range of workshops, lessons and activities. Foremost among these are the gardening and cooking workshops held throughout the year. Learn how to garden sustainably, create a wicking garden or solar cooker, experiment with food fermentation or cook a simple, nutritious meal from seasonal produce.
Our art workshops take inspiration from the amazing natural surroundings of the Botanic Gardens. Learn how to photograph flowers or our local wildlife. Enjoy watercolours with the water lilies or acrylics with our rare plant species – we have an appropriate botanical subject for every art medium. Discover how to make ‘living’ paper, grow a succulent photo frame or create a sculpture from organic materials. There’s an art workshop for everyone, no experience required.
View our current workshop program for more information on specific workshops.
School holiday activities
Get the kids out of the house and come have some fun during the school holidays with our School Holiday Activities Program. Activities offered are suitable to a range of ages and vary from drop-in, self-paced sessions to structured, small group workshops.
Whether you want to get up close and personal with some creepy critters, bake cookies in our outdoor kitchen, make a seedling pot to take home or just discover the plants and animals living in our gardens – there’s a different set of activities to do every school holidays.
View our next school holiday activities schedule for more information on upcoming activities.
Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail
Looking for some family fun the next time you visit the Botanic Gardens? Check out the Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail. Follow the map to explore the hidden surprises tucked away in our Exotic Rainforest.
Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail maps are available throughout the gardens or you can view and download one before your visit.
For bookings and/or more information, you can contact the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha:
- by phone on 07 3403 2535
- by fax on 07 3403 2552
- by email
- in person at:
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong Qld 4066