Learning Through Action
Learning Through Action, the Council's environmental education provider, offers four programmes at the Botanic Gardens. These free programmes compliment classroom learning and are linked to the curriculum.
The Junior Park Explorers programme is for new entrants to year two children and lets them discover the wonders of nature.
The Park Detectives programme builds on the knowledge gained in Junior Park Explorers and is suitable for children from year three to year five.
The Creative and Native programme is designed to introduce year five to eight students to the topic of biodiversity.
Casting Magic Worms explores the value of worm farms for new entrants to year 4.
For more information and bookings visit the Learning Through Action section of the Council website.
Visiting the Botanic Gardens
Many schools use the Botanic Gardens as a place to rest and have lunch as part of their field trip to the City Centre, the museum or the art gallery.
School groups planning on bringing large groups to the Gardens should liaise with staff from the Visitor Centre beforehand. We can then advise which areas have ongoing work programmes and where to avoid.
For self guided visits, research projects and pre and post visit planning use the Walking Guide to the Gardens [PDF 3.93MB]. It explores the history of the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park, notable trees, artworks and outlines all the key plant collections.
Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Phone: (03) 941 7590
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens is going through a period of change with the release of the Master Plan and the provision made for the development of a new Information Centre. The development of the Master Plan has meant more emphasis is to be placed on the Botanic Gardens as an education provider.