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

Here at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, we offer a `school trip` like no other. You can explore our unique glasshouses and experience an authentic rainforest adventure! Then, walk straight from experiencing hot and humid tropical conditions into a desert climate and observe the changes to plants due to the seasons. Then, wander down to the Alpine Yard and Rock Garden to marvel at the beautiful flora found on the Tundra.

The Gardens contain over 7,000 different plants from all around the world. Experience the humidity and smells of the Tropical House, look (but don’t touch!) with wonder at the carnivorous plants in the Subtropical House, admire the fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean House, and marvel at the bizarre and fascinating ways that cacti have developed to protect themselves in the harsh environment of the world’s deserts (Arid House). Don’t forget to allow plenty of time, in addition, to wander around the stunning grounds seeing the giant Koi Carp and Victorian Cascade in the Rock Garden, stop and smell the many herbs in our Herb Garden, be fascinated by our exotic bird collection from all over the world, play on our amazing new Treetops Adventure playground and, you never know, bump into our free-roaming peacocks!

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?
https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/education/a-school-visits-us/

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?
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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
How do bananas and pineapples grow? Why is white chocolate white, but milk chocolate brown? Why do cactus plants look so strange? Why does deforestation affect us all? What is a tenrec? Find out the answer to these questions and many more, as your pupils explore our 4 spectacular glasshouses and 15 acres of flourishing gardens.

We provide a unique service across the West Midlands and beyond, both to schools and colleges in term-time, but also to holiday clubs and youth groups outside of term-time. Allow us to share the knowledge and experience we have gained over nearly 200 years in our expertly-taught, cross-curricular teaching sessions that will be tailor-made to your age group and topic. Or opt for a self-guided visit where teachers can lead their own activities.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
Yes, we have a LOtC Quality Badge, as well as a Department for Education `Growing Schools Garden` accreditation and an affiliation with the Children’s University.

What does a typical educational visit include?
We have over 20 cross-curricular teaching sessions to choose from, that are specifically aimed at the different key stages, and all of which link to the new National Curriculum. As examples, there is `Tree Fun` for EYFS, `Food Chains` for KS1, `Growth` for KS2, `Natural Art` for KS3 and `Animal Handling` for KS4. Furthermore, we are happy to organise bespoke teaching sessions that match any subject or topic.

You can also choose to visit on a self-guided basis, where teachers can plan and lead their own day.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Up to 6 classes per day (180 pupils).

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
There are a wide range of resources (e.g. trails, quizzes, activity packs) freely available to download from our website, which teachers can use on the day of their visit, or in the classroom before or after their visit.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Yes, please take and share as freely as you like.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
There are relevant risk assessments available on our website. Teachers are also encouraged to complete their own risk assessments, and a free pre-visit is permitted to complete this.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Please contact the Education team on 0121 450 5093 or education@birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk
Education Manager – James Jarvis.

What is the cost of the visit?
Our current prices are frozen from 2016!

Off-Peak (August – February)
Self-guided entry - £6.20 per pupil
Entry with teaching session - £7.40 per pupil

Peak (March – July)
Self-guided entry - £6.80 per pupil
Entry with teaching session - £8.00 per pupil

Nursery Groups
Adults - £8.40 (to include free entry for up to 3 children)

(All prices include VAT.)

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
Nothing specific, other than to wear weather-appropriate clothing (pupils and staff) that may get wet and muddy.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Groups are requested to bring their own trained first aider, as one may not be available at the time of your visit. First aid equipment is located within easy reach of educational groups, though we recommend bringing your own first aid equipment too.

Please list facilities available
Shop – pupils are welcome to visit and can cater for any budget. Goody bags can also be arranged if teachers prefer not to visit the shop but still want to make a purchase.

Pavilion Tea Room – pupils and teachers can obtain snacks and drinks.

A covered lunch space will be provided for visiting groups (if requested on the booking form). `Picnics` are also permitted anywhere in the grounds (other than the Pavilion Tea Room or its outdoor seating).

What are your disabled facilities?
The whole site is suitable for disabled visitors.

What are your opening days and hours?
The Botanical Gardens are open every day (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10am.

Teaching sessions are available any time during opening hours – please contact us for availability (0121 450 5093 / education@birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk).

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
Yes.These can be found at: https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/education/teacher-pupil-testimonials/

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
The Botanical Gardens hold regular school holiday events (https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/whatson/), which can be visited independently, or with your school if it has different term dates.


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