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 these 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. 

Lessons in the Gardens is taking bookings for Semester 2

In accordance with advice from Education Queensland, the Lessons in the Gardens program has reopened and is taking bookings for Semester 2, 2020.

Bookings are now subject to new COVID-19 safe terms and conditions, as required by the Director-General, Department of Education Queensland and outlined in the COVID-19 Operating Guidelines for Queensland Safe Schools, effective 19 June 2020.

Email the Education team for further information.

How to make a booking

Bookings can be made through the new online booking enquiry system. Alternatively, you can continue to contact the Botanic Gardens team directly. 

The brochure 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.

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

  • $7.60 per student for classes of 20 to 30 (maximum of 30 students)
  • a minimum charge of $151.40 (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.

Visiting the gardens

If your school intends visiting the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha in a self-guided capacity (without booking a lesson or guided walk), contact us prior to your visit. Due to the increasing number of school and other group bookings, 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). Our Education Coordinator can help you plan a visit at a time when demand is not so heavy.

The Visitor Information Centre entry to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha is a general entry, rather than a large group entry. To reduce congestion in the Visitor Information Centre, we ask that you bring your classes into the gardens via the gate next to the café, or the gate next to the old information kiosk.

Parking for buses has also changed. The designated bus parking area has been moved from where it was next to the Planetarium, to the slip lane in front of the Auditorium. Students may be dropped off and picked up at the Council bus stop and the bus then moved to the parking bay area. For further information, contact us.

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:

Last updated:2 July 2020
Topics: mt coot-tha