Lessons in the gardens

Many outdoor learning lessons are available for school students at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha and City Botanic Gardens.

A lesson at the botanic gardens offers your students an irreplaceable, hands-on experience, where they can see science theory in action or explore geographical concepts through observing the plants and animals that live in our many unique habitats. It’s a special place – with plants from around the world and living examples of ancient and rare species. Our trained educators will engage your students in an educational experience they will never forget. 

New in 2017

This year we are introducing three, exciting new classification lessons for the secondary biology curriculum and are expanding the existing primary science program into our City Botanic Gardens site.

We’ve also moved to a new online booking enquiry system, although you can continue to make enquiries directly to us as we transition to the new system.

Our brochure has been revised to make it easier for you to read and is available as a downloadable document in the formats below:

After you have decided on your lesson topic and appropriate year level, book your lesson via the online form. Alternatively, you can contact the Botanic Gardens directly

Session times

Unless otherwise stated, primary school lessons are 1.5 hours in length and secondary school lessons are two hours in length.

The program is offered Tuesday to Friday at 9.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm. Alterations to these times may be requested on the booking form.

Most lessons are held at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. Some lessons are available at the City Botanic Gardens and availability will be indicated on the online booking form.

Prices

  • $7.20 per student for classes of 20 to 30 (maximum of 30 students)
  • a minimum charge of $144 (includes GST) for a class of 19 students or less
  • teachers and parents are free

Prices can vary depending on how many students are in the group. The online booking form will give you a preliminary costing based on the numbers. You will only be charged for the numbers that actually attend on the day.

Getting to the gardens

If your school intends visiting the Botanic Gardens in a self-guided capacity (without booking a lesson or guided walk) contact us at the Gardens prior to your visit. Due to the increasing number of school and other group bookings who visit the gardens, there is a high demand for bus parking spaces, group eating areas and access to specific areas of the gardens (e.g. Japanese Garden and the Tropical Dome). Gardens staff can help you plan a visit at a time when demand is not so heavy.

During 2017 the new Visitor Information Centre is being constructed in the gardens and will require temporary pathway closures and reduced access to some areas of the gardens. If we know your excursion plans we can seek to reduce the impact of these temporary closures on your visit.

NOTE: parking for buses has also changed due to the temporary reduction of parking spaces. The designated bus parking area has been moved from where it was next to the Planetarium, to the sliplane in front of the Auditorium. Students may be dropped off and picked up at the current Brisbane City Council bus stop and the bus then moved to the parking bay area.  For further information contact us at the Gardens.

More information

If you have previously participated in lessons that are not listed above, they may still be available on request. 

If you have queries about the curriculum references in the lesson overviews, contact us.

If you require a copy of our Certificate of currency for public liability, or staff blue cards, contact us.

For more information or to book a lesson: