Our gardens provide an amazing living classroom where curious minds can explore and learn about the natural world. Our programmes help primary-aged students to connect everyday products with their plant origins. Children will learn how plants have shaped our lives. We offer education programmes and resources at our Discovery Garden, located at the Botanic Garden, and at Otari Wiltons-Bush Garden.
Our vision is for students to connect to the land and environment.
Our education programmes encourage students to develop a future focus, learning about the interdependence between people, plants, and animals.
Through learning about the importance of plants and their impact on people, students will be encouraged to value ecological sustainability. We aim to inspire actions at a grass-roots level by encouraging school communities to:
Our education programmes are well planned in alignment with The New Zealand Curriculum. Our programmes cover a range of subjects and learning objectives. Some are listed below:Science
Secondary school biology and horticulture tours, linked to the year 12 and 13 curriculum, are also available at Otari-Wilton's Bush, delivered by the Otari-Wilton’s Bush Trust.
If you have questions about our education programmes, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Discovery Garden, our programmes offer a unique experience for primary-aged students to get hands-on with plants and learn about the different ways we use them. We focus on the fantastic uses of plants - for food, fibre, medicine and construction.
Each 90-minute programme helps children to understand sustainability, interconnectedness, and other cultures in an urban environment.
To book a trip for your school see details below.
For centuries people have been extracting fibres from plants to make useful items like ropes and fabric. Rangatahi will learn how we use fibres and natural dyes in our everyday lives, and have a chance to experiment with native and introduced plants.
Join our educators for an hour-long session at just $3.50 per child to experience both the wider garden and the Discovery Garden. Tamariki will learn about plants with fun activities that cater to your group’s needs (minimum of 10 children).
If you have an Early Childhood group, contact the education team directly at email@example.com
We’d love to see you and your class at our Discovery Garden - Te Kaapuia o Te Waoku
Click "Book Now" below to arrange your visit.
Fees: $4 per student if you complete a short survey within 7 days from the date you receive it; $6 per student if no survey is completed.
The Otari-Wilton's Bush Nature Trail / Te Ara o te Ngahere environmental education kit below is an excellent tool for teachers to use independently with school groups at Otari.
The kit is designed for use with students aged 8 - 12 years. Check out the links below!
The Nature Trail resources can be downloaded in four parts below.Part 1 - Information for Teachers A briefing for teachers about Otari-Wilton's Bush:
Part 2 - Introduction to Sites on the Nature Trail / Te Ara o te NgahereInformation for the teacher on the:
Part 3 - Student Resources
Part 4 - Post-trip ActivitiesIdeas for discussion and debate
You need to book for your school to go to Otari-Wilton's Bush - just to make sure that only one school is going through at a time.To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for a two-hour session (10am-12 noon) with our educators, where children and their caregivers enjoy the garden through crafts, games and a nature walk.
Cost $10 per child, payable on booking. Please check before booking underage children by emailing email@example.com.
Join us for a full-day, drop-off programme led by our awesome team of garden educators, where children can explore the magic of Wellington Botanic Garden through bushwalks, games and activities.
Cost from $50 per child, payable on booking.
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Full-day 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For ages 5 to 12
Go on a critter hunt, learn about essential insects, make an insect water feeder, and help make an arty flower wall using junk materials.
Full-day 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.For ages 5 to 12
Walking water, crying leaves, and air plants. Explore how plants use water in different ways through hands-on craft and science activities, and fun water games. Be prepared to get wet!
What does a bird beak tell you! We will walk through the Garden and discover which birds are living here, and what they like to eat. Craft activities and games throughout the morning.
Partial day 10 a.m. - 12 noonFor ages 4 to 6
This is a short session with our educators where children and their caregivers enjoy the Garden through crafts, games, and a nature walk.
Booking is essential, and caregiver must attend with child. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full-day 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Take a trip around the gardens and discover how plants provide a variety of materials we can use for imaginative play. Crafts included.
P is for plant, pirates, and parasitic plans. Take a look behind the scenes at how pirate plants like orchids and other unusual or disguised plants survive. Come dressed as a pirate for a day of fun.