At RBG, the foundation of our programs is inquiry-based and experiential learning. We want students to ask questions and follow their curiosity. Our educational field trip programs use active exploration and activities to engage students, and to immerse them in the natural world.
A Message for Educators
We are working hard to be able to support you this year! For over 80 years, Royal Botanical Gardens has been dedicated to creating meaningful learning opportunities for students of all ages. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to offer a variety of programs for school groups, modified to ensure participant safety while remaining as engaging and relevant as ever. Due to regulations and best practices, not all school programs are available for booking and some program elements have been modified to accommodate current health guidelines. All materials that are used in programs are sanitized after use. To ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone involved with our programs RBG will adhere to all regulations as laid out by appropriate governing bodies. As regulations change, we will adapt our programs and practices to be able to continue to provide exceptional experiences. Information about current policies, including masking requirements, will be provided to you preceding the start of your event.
Programs at RBG
Our programs aim to inspire curiosity, discovery, and connection in a natural setting! Browse our available educational field trip programs to find the best options for your students and curriculum and make a booking request through our online form.
RBG is proud to be able to offer educational programs delivered in French. This service is available for select programs and at the availability of French-language educators. When submitting a program request select “I would like programs delivered in French if possible”. Our education team will follow up and confirm if your requested program is available to be led in French.
ECE and Kindergarten
Combining interactive hikes, sensory activities, and play-based learning, RBG’s ECE and Kindergarten programming provides positive experiences for the youngest students. Walking, hiking, and observing together, students develop a new appreciation for the natural world.
Grades 1 - 8
Our Elementary programs aim to inspire curiosity, discovery, and connection in a natural setting. Through games, explorations, and discussions, students learn about the importance of healthy natural spaces, and their place within them!
Grades 9 - 12
Our Secondary programs combine an inquiry-based approach with authentic learning opportunities situated in RBG’s gardens and natural spaces. RBG is an active research site, and students are challenged to learn through hands-on investigation and observation, analyze relevant data, and discuss environmental concerns that have a real impact on their lives.
Book a Program
Thank you for the overwhelming interest in our programs this fall! We are currently sold out for 2022 school bookings. We are now accepting booking requests for Winter and Spring of 2023.
Make a booking request through our online form. Please note: This form is a request only. Submission of this form does not imply a reservation / booking. RBG will contact you 3-5 days after your request to finalize your trip.
Virtual Field Trips
No matter where you are, your class can interact with our educators and scientists and explore topics like biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment.
We want to help you provide your students with meaningful and diverse learning experiences that help them to understand the crucial role that plants play in sustaining and enhancing our lives and the environment. Look at the following resources to help you bring these unique nature experiences to your classroom.
Dive deeper into biodiversity and human impacts on wetlands with your class, whether as an extension to your RBG visit or as a standalone classroom inquiry or project-based learning initiative.
RBG at Home
Welcome to RBG at Home, our commitment to offering accessible, diverse and entertaining learning opportunities for all ages. Find curriculum-linked lesson plans, educational videos, activity sheets, and more!
The Green Angels Financial Assistance Program subsidizes admission passes, annual memberships, school and children’s programming and school transportation costs.
Have you been on an educational field trip already? Tell us about your experience!