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 be connected to the land and environment. The education programmes encourage students to develop future focus – by learning about the interdependence between people, plants and animals.
Students will be encouraged to value ecological sustainability – through learning about the importance of plants and the impact on people.Through our programmes we aim to trigger actions at a grass-roots level by encouraging school communities to:
Our education programmes are well planned and align 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, delivered by the Otari-Wilton’s Bush Trust.
We offer hands-on sessions that connect students with the way we use plants in our everyday lives. 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. Education sessions are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time. School groups must make a booking to visit the garden and attend a session.
Sessions cover the following topics:
Our education sessions are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10am, during school terms.To book a session for your primary school class, use the online booking form and one of our educators will be in touch to arrange a suitable time for your visit. If you have an Early Childhood group, contact the education team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.Sessions cost $2.50–$5 per student. To be eligible for the lower rate, you will need to complete a short survey within 7 days from the date you receive it.
The Otari-Wilton's Bush Nature Trail / Te Ara o te Ngahere resources form an environmental education kit for teachers to use independently with school groups at Otari.The kit is designed for use with students aged 8 - 12 years.
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 email@example.com
Get your kids exploring the magic of the Wellington Gardens.
It's a short session (two hours, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's 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.
Full-day (drop off no earlier than 8:30am, pick up no later than 3:30pm)For ages 5 to 12-year-oldsLet’s celebrate Earth Day (22nd April) and see how different plants from around the world change through the seasons. Prepare for a day of printing, painting and experimenting with colour!
Full-day (drop off no earlier than 8:30am, pick up no later than 3:30pm)For ages 5 to 12-year-oldsJoin us as we explore the wonders of bamboo for building, clothing and so much more. Prepare for a busy day of craft and construction!
10am–12 noon For ages 4 to 6-year-olds Booking is essential. Please check before booking in underage children by emailing email@example.com.
Full-day (drop off no earlier than 8:30am, pick up no later than 3:30pm)For ages 5 to 12-year-oldsDiscover all the amazing ways in which plants disperse their seeds as we take a tour around the garden. We will then build and test some of our own seed scattering contraptions to help understand more about their amazing life cycle.