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Primary Schools

A visit to the Botanic Garden is a fun way for K to 6 students to expand their skills and knowledge about the environment.

Our activities at the Discovery Centre are linked to the Sustainability Curriculum Framework (2010) and the NSW Board of Studies syllabus outcomes.

Excursion plan

Lessons and activities run as follows:

10amWelcome, introduction and safety talk
10.15amFirst activity (see the table on this page for options)
11amRecess
11.30amSecond activity (see the table on this page for options)
12.30pmLunch
1pmBig Garden Adventure Walk and play in the All Abilities Playground
2pmFinish

Activities available

ActivityKindgergarten
ES1
Year 1 and 2
Stage 1
Year 3 and 4
Stage 2
Year 5 and 6
Stage 3
Bush MathsYYYY
Captain Compost and Garden MinibeastsYYYY
Caring for Planet Earth  YY
Discovering Natural Habitats YYY
Growing Native PlantsYYYY
Junior Pollinators YY 
Life in Aquatic EnvironmentsYYYY
No-Dig Food Gardens YYY
Recycled GardensYYYY
Wet and Dry Environments YYY
Wiggly WormsYYY 

Booking information

Minimum students: 15

Maximum group size: no more than two groups of 30 students per day

Please note: no education bookings are available on Fridays.

Class size will be limited for certain activities ​due to safety considerations and staffing resources.

Please book at least two months before your visit.

Use the button on this page to request an excursion booking, or call us during business hours on (02) 4227 7667.

If your request is accepted, we'll send you a booking confirmation letter, risk assessment, garden map and instructions for your visit (including wet weather plan).

Excursion cost is $13 (incl. GST) per student per day, and includes two activities. Carers and teachers are free.

In line with new Education Department policy, we are requesting the pre-payment of your attendance by credit card. This will be emailed to you as soon as we have confirmed your education date and you have confirmed your numbers. (Please note we cannot amend numbers after an invoice has been generated).

If payment before attendance is not possible you will be required to send us a PO number so we can send the invoice to EDConnect, to be paid prior to attendance.

Please meet at the Discovery Centre, located at the north eastern corner of Wollongong Botanic Garden.

Buses can drop students off at either the bus bay located at the University of Wollongong on Northfields Avenue or at our Murphys Avenue car park.

If your activity is being held at one of the Garden Annexes, such as Mount Keira or Puckeys Estate, please meet at the designated located specified on your booking confirmation.

We have a minimal waste policy and ask that packaging of food items brought to the Garden are minimised​​​​​.

Once your payment is made we will issue a confirmation, along with Council risk assessments covering garden excursions and COVID-19 safety.

It is mandatory that we also receive a Covid Safe Plan from your school prior to a confirmation.

Most activities can still go ahead in light rain. In this case, please make sure students, teachers and accompanying parents wear appropriate wet weather clothes and shoes.

Our activities may need to be cancelled in heavy rain or high winds.

Please call us on the excursion day to confirm whether the program can continue or if your excursion needs to be rescheduled.