Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, West Midlands B15 3TR

Contact: 0121 450 5093

Website: http://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/

Description

The Botanical Gardens offers a unique service to Schools and colleges across the West Midlands and beyond.   

Your pupils can explore our 4 glasshouses and 15 acres of gardens and can experience a wide variety of environments in one place. They can walk straight from experiencing hot and humid tropical conditions into a desert climate and observe changes to plants due to the seasons.

You can choose your own package suitable for your needs. Opt for either a self-guided visit where teachers can lead their own activities using the wide range of comprehensive teachers' resources on-line. Or for a small extra fee, you can add a teaching session per class that you bring .

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

The Botanical Gardens contains over 7,000 different plants from all around the world. Experience the humidity, sights and smells of the Tropical Rainforest House, admire the gigantic lemons (Citrons) and a wide range of other citrus fruits in the Mediterranean House and the bizarre and fascinating ways that the Cacti and other Succulents have developed to protect themselves in the harsh environment of the world's deserts.

Don't forget to allow plenty of time in addition, to wander around the stunning grounds seeing the musical archway and straw bale building in the Growing Schools Garden, marvel at the giant Japanese Koi Carp in the Rock Pool, stop and smell the many herbs in our newly replanted Herb Garden, be fascinated by our exotic bird collection from all over the world and you never know, you might even bump into Percy our roaming peacock!

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

The Botanical Gardens are open to all ages to come and visit all year round. Teaching sessions are currently offered to Reception–aged children upwards on a wide range of different topics and are curriculum-linked.

Where resources allow, we tailor sessions to specific requirements from schools and colleges. Popular topic areas include rainforests, climate, growth, pollination, minibeasts, music, orienteering and art. A full list and description of all our current teaching sessions available to choose from, are on-line at the Gardens’ website.

Do you have a YouTube Video link regarding your venue?

http://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/education/a-school-visits-us/

Are you currently on Twitter or Facebook?

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Birmingham-Botanical-Gardens/231527586913657?fref=ts

Are you an LOtC Badge Holder?

Yes we hold a LOTC Quality Badge together with a Growing Schools Garden Award.

What size groups do they cater for?

Up to 4 classes per day.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We offer a wealth of different resources suitable for different age groups and curriculum areas and these are all available on-line for teachers to download and bring with them on the day of their visit.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Completely happy and no restrictions.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Our generic education risk assessment is available to all visiting groups on-line, however, we recommend that al visiting parties complete their own risk assessments relevant to their visiting group, as this will identify any further measures required specific to the needs of the visiting group, such as supervision ratios. We strongly recommend and offer free admission for all teachers to carry out a pre-visit to arrange their risk assessment and other necessary paperwork.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Education Team  0121 450 5093

 

What does it cost?

From August to February, just £6.20 per pupil for entry to the Gardens or £7.40 if you opt for a teaching session for your class. From March to July, just £6.80 or £8. Adults are charged £1.80 each all year round. (All prices are inclusive of VAT.)

Is specific clothing required?

We recommend that pupils wear suitable clothing that they don’t mind getting dirty and always bring a waterproof!

Do you have first aid on site?

All visiting groups are advised that they should bring a trained first aider with them as there may not be one on site on the day of your visit.

First aid boxes are located within easy reach of visiting groups.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Shop – pupils are welcome to visit and can cater for any budget. The Shop staff can also arrange for goody bags to be put together for visiting groups, again catering for any budget.

Tea room - Pupils & Teachers can obtain snacks and drinks.

Pupils are also allowed to picnic anywhere in the 15 acres of grounds or an indoor space may be available for lunch and we can advise on this at the time of booking. 

Are there disabled facilities?

The whole site is suitable for disabled children.

What are your opening days and hours?

The Botanical Gardens is open every day except for Christmas Day & Boxing Day.

Teaching sessions are offered to visiting schools on weekdays Monday to Friday.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

Yes on-line at http://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/education/teacher-a-pupil-comments/

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We offer a special event every December for schools. Details of this and other special events are found on-line at the Gardens’ website http://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Green Awareness Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas Science & Technology SEN Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship Design and Technology English Environmental Studies Geography History Mathematics Music Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August


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