Teachers and education programmes

Our programmes focus on the importance of plants for food, fibre, construction, or medicine.

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Te Kaapuia o Te Waoku education programmes

Our programmes help primary-aged students to connect everyday products with their plant origins. Children will learn how plants have shaped our lives. We focus on the fantastic uses of plants – for food, fibre, medicine, and construction.

Each 90-minute programme helps children to understand sustainability, interconnectedness and other cultures in an urban environment. We offer hands-on collaborative activities that give students opportunities to connect with plants.

Booking and fees

Our education sessions are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10am, during school terms.

To book a session for your primary school class, use the online booking form and one of our educators will be in touch to arrange a suitable time for your visit. If you have an Early Childhood group, contact the education team directly at gardens.education@wcc.govt.nz.

Sessions cost $2.50–$5 per student. To be eligible for the lower rate, you will need to complete a short survey within 7 days from the date you receive it.

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Topics

Sessions cover the following topics

  • Construction
    We can make so many things with plants and their properties determine how we use them. Kids can have a go at making and building using plants, then explore the plants used in the garden.
  • Medicine
    Plants have many healing properties. Learn about some special plants and the ailments they can treat. Kids can have a go at making a useful remedy with plants found in the garden.
  • Food
    The food we eat can all be traced back to plants- but what goes into growing the food we buy? Learn what a plant needs to survive, how to listen to plants and have a go at planting something to take home.
  • Fibre – coming soon
    We get fibres from plants to make useful things like ropes and fabrics. Extracting fibres from plants is a very special process in many cultures. Here we look at extracting muka from harakeke and the practices involved.

Curriculum overview

Vision

Our vision is for students to be connected to the land and environment.

Principles

The Discovery Garden encourages students to develop future focus – by learning about the interdependence between people, plants and animals.

Values

Students will be encouraged to value ecological sustainability – through learning about the importance of plants and the impact on people.

Key competencies

  • Thinking – by thinking critically about the sustainability of the relationship between people and plants.
  • Participating and contributing – by being actively involved in the growing and care of plants.

Achievement objectives

Science

  • Nature of science: investigating in science (Levels 1 & 2)
  • Nature of science: participating and contributing (Level 3)

Technology

  • Technological knowledge: technological products (Level 2 & 3)

Social sciences

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • (Level 2) understand how people make choices to meet their needs and wants.
  • (Level 3) understand how cultural practices vary but reflect similar purposes.

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Wellington Botanic Garden

Email gardens.education@wcc.govt.nz