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Courses & Workshops

Let your mind grow at the Gardens!

RBG offers courses and workshops in Burlington & Hamilton for families, kids and adults in the areas of gardening, nature, botanical arts and wellness.

From award-winning children’s clubs to our popular children’s gardening programs and special seasonal workshops, kids of all ages grow with us.

Resuming Programming Safely

As we welcome our community and visitors back to experience the beauty of Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), we are making every effort to help ensure your visit is enjoyable, entertaining and, above all, safe.

Following the advice of public health authorities, there are a number of ways that our dedicated staff are safeguarding all indoor and outdoor spaces for our guests, including:

  • Reduced class sizes
  • 3-layer masks required for all indoor spaces (as well as any programs that involve children over the age of 2 years, youth, or vulnerable populations, both indoors and outdoors)
  • All high touch point surfaces sanitized regularly

You will be sent a mandatory Covid-19 Self Assessment Form to complete prior to the program. If you fail to complete the form prior to the program, you will be contacted at the email/phone number provided.

Upcoming Courses & Workshops

Browse our upcoming programs! These courses and workshops are released / announced quarterly. If you’re a member, keep an eye out for Paradise Found for the newest batch of programs.

Want to hear first when we release new programs? Sign up for email notifications at rbg.ca/erbg

Download Programs Guide

View all our upcoming programs in this handy pdf programs guide!

Register for Programs

All courses and programs require pre-registration online, or with the program booking clerk. Browse through the courses above and click for more information, and for the appropriate registration link.

Listed pricing includes HST and is subject to an Eventbrite Service Fee.

Pre-registration is required for all programs, ideally by the date provided to allow the program organizers to best prepare. If the indicated “register by” date has passed, you may still be able to register for the program, provided there is space still available.

If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact us!

Membership Discount

RBG Members receive 10% off most RBG Experiences programming when using the member discount code.

This code was distributed via email along with the latest digital edition of Paradise Found), and is included in the member package for new members. Enter this code in the “promotional code” field on the top left of the registration screen BEFORE selecting your programs

If you are a member but did not receive the code, fill out the code request form.

Public Education Participant Behaviour Agreement

By enrolling in and participating in RBG educational public programs participants agree to the statements outlined in Royal Botanical Gardens’ public education participant behaviour agreement found here.

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Become a Green Angel

RBG is committed to giving every child, regardless of their financial situation, an opportunity to fall in love with nature. Become a Green Angel to a child in need today!

Green Angels

Courses & Workshops Policies & FAQ

Have a question about RBG’s courses and workshops? Click the topics below to learn more! Have a question about a specific program? Give us a call at 905-527-1158 or send us an email using the Contact Us form.

Health and Safety Protocols

Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and program participants to be protected from infectious diseases.  Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario. As such, program participants are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases.  Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing.  Royal Botanical Gardens will make aware all program participants of required actions and measures in a reasonable amount of time before the start of a program and with a reasonable amount of time if and as regulations change within a program’s run time.  It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its programs and properties to any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies.

We are vigilant in our concern for the health and safety of all participants. Participants are required to wash their hands frequently. If you are not feeling well please stay home.

COVID assessment form: We will be asking participants to complete a self-assessment form prior to the start of their program. If participants fail the screening for any reason, they are asked to stay home and notify RBG.

Masks: We require all participants to wear a 3-layer mask for the entirety of their time onsite, indoors or out, for the duration of the program.

Up-to-date health and safety guidelines: Our staff will comply with all organization, municipal, and provincial health guidelines, and will update guidelines as needed. Royal Botanical Gardens will make aware all program participants of required actions and measures in a reasonable amount of time before the start of a program if and as regulations change within a program’s run time.

How do I register for a course or program?

Advance enrollment is required for all events with a registration fee. All program listed prices are subject to applicable taxes and fees. Full payment must accompany each registration. Participants may register online, in person or by telephone.

Register online at: www.rbg.ca/publicprograms

To register by phone, please call 905-527-1158, ext. 270 (open Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Telephone registrations require payment by VISA or MasterCard.

If you have questions about the online registration process, please contact us!

RBG reserves the right to cancel any event if the minimum number of registrants is not reached by registration deadline. Registrations may be accepted after the registration deadline provided the minimum registration number has already been reached.

Is there a membership discount?

RBG member discounts are application provided that registrations are received on or before the registration deadline and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. The family membership category enables children to become active participants in all RBG family programs. Please visit RBG Members for membership information, or call 905-527-1157, ext. 514.

Can I still register if the "pre-register by" date has passed?

The pre-registration dates (indicated in the individual program descriptions) is the date we ask you try to register by to allow the program organizers to best prepare.

If the indicated “register by” date has passed, you may still be able to register for the program provided there is space still available. A hard cut-off date will be in effect (usually 48+ hours before program start, depending on the program). To check if you’re still able to register, click the “register now” button on the program page to see the corresponding Eventbrite page.

What is the course cancellation policy?

Up to ten days prior to a program start date or the indicated program registration deadline, all cancellations by registrants are subject to a 25% cancellation fee if a refund for that program/course/event is applicable. Check specific program descriptions for refund-excluded programs. No refunds of any kind are made after the registration deadline.

Should RBG cancel a program, registrants are notified by phone or email, and refunds issued. It is vital that you supply phone numbers where we can reach you both daytime and in the evening or on weekends, directly or by recorded message. We do not accept responsibility for inconvenience caused to those we cannot contact, whatever the reason.

Where can I park?

Paid parking is not required at RBG Centre or Rock Garden. Pay and Display parking ($3 to $5 per hour) is in effect at all trail heads as well as Laking Garden and the Arboretum when garden kiosks are not in operation during peak bloom times. RBG members park for free at all properties by displaying their members’ parking pass in their vehicle.

If your course, program, or workshop takes place at the Arboretum, a parking pass will be emailed to you prior to the start of your program.

What happens in cases of inclement weather?

Most of our programs are offered rain or shine. In the event of severe weather some courses, especially outdoor workshops and guided walks, may be postponed or cancelled.

If you are unsure about conditions on the day of your program, please call our Program Update Line at (905) 527-1158 ext. 404. A message will be posted there at least two hours before the program is due to start. It is your responsibility to verify that your program is being offered; though we try, we are not always able to reach participants.

What is the liability policy?

Royal Botanical Gardens assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant. RBG reserves the right to change/cancel events should circumstances beyond our control arise.

Contact Us

Have a question about one of our courses and workshops? Contact the program bookings clerk at 905-527-1158 ext. 270, or using the form below.