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Virtual Field Trip Program Options

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.


Program Types

We offer programs that specialize in many different areas:

  • School Programs
  • Older Adult Learning
  • Professional Development

School Programs

Bring RBG to your classroom! We have a variety of programming to fit your curriculum. Browse through the programs below, and click to learn more and request a booking.

Animal Connections

Available Year-Round

Is it an insect or not? How do they depend on plants? Learn about the characteristics and needs of insects, through interactive songs, poetry and specimens.

Available in English, French or Spanish

Book through CILC

Available November to March

Ever wonder what happens to insects in the winter? Do they all migrate like the Monarch? With the help of a simple experiment and specimens, explore how they use plants to survive the winter.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Participate in an engaging, interactive distance learning experience to discover what a species at risk is, identify at least 3 species at risk and why, and how you can help them and the habitat that supports them.

These programs are FREE thanks to the partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Program available for students (Ages 6 – 12) in BC, AB, northern ON, PE, NB, NL, YK, NT, and NU. Check out www.monarchnation.ca for other program opportunities your province or territory.

Monarch Nation Badge English

Available in English and French

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Plant Connections

Available Year-Round, best in the Fall;

What are the different parts of a plant and how do they work to keep the plant alive? Get your pencil and paper out because we’re going to draw our way through this discovery. We’ll take a special look at pumpkins, too.

Available in English, French or Spanish

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Seeds are an important way for plants to colonize areas. How do plants in the wild move around and start to grow in new areas? Did you or something else help them? Discover answers to these questions and be prepared to be the seed.

Available in English, French or Spanish

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

What conditions do seeds need to grow? How are seeds from wild plants adapted to their environment? We’ll examine these and other questions. Are you planning to start some seeds or a school garden? We can do that during this presentation, too!

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Plants need pollinators and pollinators need plants. What determines what a pollinator pollinates? What can you do to support pollinators? Explore these questions and more.

Available in English, French

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Colour is for attraction, warning, protection or camouflage. Some plants and animals have specific colors and patterns. Explore what these are, what they are for and how they help with survival.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Green plants are the only plants that produce oxygen and make food, which is called photosynthesis. With the help of some simple experiments, explore how the plant’s structures are involved and adapted to carry out photosynthesis in different environments.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

How do plants survive in extreme environments? We will examine the plant adaptations of this biome to discover how structure and function help them survive and support the ecosystems within this biome.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

How do plants survive in wet environments? We will examine the plant adaptations to discover how structure and function help them survive and support the wetland ecosystem.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Why are farmers and gardeners turning to organic practices? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Can you use these techniques in your school garden or greenhouse?

Additional topic: Spring: Wake up your Garden; Fall: Put your Garden to Bed

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Chocolate has been many things to many people over the years. Learn about the ecology of the Cacao tree, then journey through history to get the complete story behind the tasty treat that we call chocolate. Discover the role and impact of cacao plantation farming on the environment and society.

Available in English, Spanish

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Did you eat or use a plant today? No? Think again – what did you eat for breakfast? Did you brush your teeth? Did you travel to school by bus, car or bike? Let’s find out how many plants and their parts we rely upon.

Available in English, French

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Ever wonder where modern medicines originated from. Did you know that over 80% of the world’s population uses plants as medicine (and you probably do too!)? Let’s look at what plants are used and how they help heal. Special request program: Tea and Tisanes

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available December to March

Identifying deciduous (and coniferous) trees during the winter is much easier than you think. Discover how buds, leafless twigs and bark can help you recognize some common woody plants while honing your identification skills.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

IExplore how nature and our gardens have inspired various artists. What are you inspired by?

Available in English

Book through CILC

Biomes / Ecosystems

Available Year-Round

Many plants and animals are threatened globally. Why has this happened? One reason is the introduction of species to an ecosystem. What is threatening the flora and fauna in your area and how you can help? We’ll explore what has happened at RBG and what we are doing about it.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

What makes up a wetland? How do plants and wildlife depend on each other? How do we depend on wetlands and what can we do to preserve them? Is there a wetland in your area? How can you help it?

Available in English or French

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

When you go for a walk in a forest, a meadow or a wetland, is it the same as it was 150 years ago? Probably not. We’ll explore the stressors of Cootes Paradise (Class 1 wetland) and what is being done to restore this marsh.

Available in English or French

Book through CILC

Special Programs

Available November to February

Are your students interested in discovering more about the variety of careers that are available at a botanical garden from Horticulturist and Gardener to Aquatic Ecologist and Natural Heritage Interpreter. Let us know what you are interested, and we’ll coordinate a program with one or two of our staff.

Available in English

Available Year-Round

WUsing plants as therapy has been apart of many enrichment programs for a long time. Just think how good you feel planting seeds and tending your plants. Nancy will provide some background, introduce to the pedagogy behind the various techniques and give you a chance to try out one of the activities.

Available in English

Older Adult Programs

Bring RBG to your Centre. We have a variety of programming to fit your participants’ interests. Browse through the programs below, and click to learn more and request a booking.

Human Uses of Plants

Available Year-Round

Chocolate has been many things to many people over the years. Learn about the ecology of the Cacao tree, then journey through history to get the complete story behind the tasty treat that we call chocolate. Discover the role and impact of cacao plantation farming on the environment and society.

Available in English or Spanish

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Did you eat or use a plant today? No? Think again – what did you eat for breakfast? Did you brush your teeth? Did you travel to school by bus, car or bike? Let’s find out how many plants and their parts we rely upon.

Available in English or French

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Ever wonder where modern medicines originated from. Did you know that over 80% of the world’s population uses plants as medicine (and you probably do too!)? Let’s look at what plants are used and how they help heal. Special request program: Tea and Tisanes

Available in English or French

Book through CILC

Gardens in our Lives

Available Year-Round

Discover what makes Royal Botanical Gardens the gem that it is… its history, the gardens, and natural lands and the wonderful conservation work we do. Karin will use images, videos and live specimens to show off our gardens and nature sanctuaries. Get ready for some surprises!

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Explore how nature and our gardens have inspired various artists. What are you inspired by?

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Why are farmers and gardeners turning to organic practices? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Can you use these techniques in your school garden or greenhouse? Additional topic: Spring: Wake up your Garden; Fall: Put your Garden to Bed

Available in English

Book through CILC

Plant and Animal Interactions

Plants need pollinators and pollinators need plants. What determines what a pollinator pollinates? What can you do to support pollinators? Explore these questions and more.

Available in English or French

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

Colour is for attraction, warning, protection or camouflage. Some plants and animals have specific colors and patterns that help them ‘communicate’. Explore what these are, what they are for and how they help with survival.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

How do plants survive in extreme environments? We will examine the plant adaptations of this biome to discover how structure and function help them survive and support the ecosystems within this biome.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

How do plants survive in wet environments? We will examine the plant adaptations to discover how structure and function help them survive and support the wetland ecosystem.

Book through CILC

Available Year-Round

When you go for a walk in a forest, a meadow or a wetland, is it the same as it was 150 years ago? Probably not. Cootes Paradise, a provincially significant wetland, has played a vital role in this area, but has also had to deal with human impacts. Discover the history of this marsh and what is being done to restore it.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Seasonal Special Programs

Available Mid-August to Early October

How many times have you seen monarchs flitting past, possibly stopping to feed on flowers? Where have they been and where are they going? Join Karin to explore answers to these questions, see some Monarchs in various life cycle stages and discover what you can do to help them.

Available in English

Book Through CILC

Available December to March

WUsing plants as therapy has been apart of many enrichment programs for a long time. Just think how good you feel planting seeds and tending your plants. Nancy will provide some background, introduce to the pedagogy behind the various techniques and give you a chance to try out one of the activities.

Available in English

Book Through CILC

Available November to December

When you think of this time of year, what smells and colours come to mind? Pine, gingerbread, mulled cider, green, and red? Explore these plants and their amazing stories from ancient times and how we’ve incorporated them into our daily lives.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Professional Development

RBG’s successful horticultural therapy programs are now available through distance learning! These programs are suitable for Enrichment Activity Leaders, Recreational Therapists, and other professionals looking to incorporate plants into their programming.

Horticultural Therapy

Available Year-Round

Using plants as therapy has been apart of many enrichment programs for a long time. Just think how good you feel planting seeds and tending your plants. Nancy will provide some background, introduce to the pedagogy behind the various techniques and give you a chance to try out one of the activities.

Available in English

Book through CILC

Available November to April

You understand the value of incorporating plants into your enrichment programs. RBG offers a series of professional development programs monthly featuring a plant, an activity using that plant and the related pedagogy. For example, in February, using Ivy to create a topiary. Join us to learn how you can include these techniques into your monthly programs. Participants are expected to have all materials requested.

November: Narcissus; December: Evergreen arrangement; January: Tropical plants; February: Topiary; March: Seeds; April: Herbs

Available in English

Book through CILC