Schools Education

Our Schools' Education Programme offers sessions for Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Teacher CPDs. All our programmes are curriculum-linked and use our outdoor space and plant collections to increase awareness and understanding of the natural world. RBGE is an internationally renowned scientific institution and we use our expertise to enthuse learners about science and topical issues such as sustainability. Any visit also involves personal development and health and wellbeing outcomes.

Where else can you explore a tropical rainforest, an arid desert or a Scottish woodland in a single morning?

A visit to RBGE also supports the Scottish Government's campaign for outdoor learning.

"Learning outdoors is about engaging children and young people in many different ways. Practitioners frequently act as facilitators, using multi-sensory and experiential approaches. This encourages children and young people to become involved in emotional, physical, aesthetic, spiritual and cognitive experiences as part of their learning."

'Outdoor Learning: Practical guidance, ideas and support for teachers and practitioners in Scotland' 

Our programme includes:

  • Wee Green People - our programme for Nursery Groups
  • Primary school programmes
  • Secondary school programmes
  • Outreach (Schools' Weeks at Regional Gardens)
  • Teacher CPDSelf-guided learning
  • School Gardening Project
  • Growing Green Fingered Schools Conference

We also offer a range of teaching advice and resources, including our schools poster packs.

Gaelic provision

We offer a Primary Gaelic Week every other year and it may be possible for Secondary groups to have their session in Gaelic if requested.

Tha Seachdain Gàidhlig nan Sgoiltean a' tachairt a h-uile bliadhna aig deireadh a' Ghiblein. 'Se deagh chothrom a th' ann do na sgoiltean a thighinn do Lios Luibheach Rìoghail Dhùn Eideann agus a dh' ionnsachadh mu bheatha nan lusan ann an Gàidhlig. Tha lusadairean agus tidsearan dreachdail aig ceann a' ghnothaich agus iad a' mìneachadh an t-saoghail ghuirm a tha mun cuairt oirnn.

Further information and booking

For further information on all our programmes, including Teacher CPD, please download the current Schools Education Programme from the 'Downloads' box on the right.

To enquire about availability or to make a booking, please telephone our schools booking line on 0131 248 2937. We cannot accept bookings made by email or via the enquiry form.

For any other enquiries about our programmes, you can contact the Education department via our enquiry form (select ‘Education'), or telephone our schools booking line on 0131 248 2937.

Charges

Our superb resources include one of the most species-rich plant collections in the world.For Schools Activities:

  • Activities up to three hours:
    £3.50 per pupil
  • Full day activities:
    £4.50 per pupil 
  • Full day art activities:
    £4.50 per pupil plus £25 for art materials (per class) 
  • Minimum group charge:
    £35 part day, £70 full day 
  • Teachers and helpers:
    All teachers and additional helpers free

For Teachers' Continuing Professional Development Sessions:

  • Half day or twilight programme: £20.00 per person
  • Full day: £40.00 per person

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