Free State NBG: Biodiversity Education Programme

Up to 3700 learners per year attend lessons facilitated by our experienced team of environmental education officers. The lessons are fun, hands-on and offer learners an opportunity to interact with nature in a very personal way as they are encouraged to discover the environment through careful observation, recording and interpretation of data. School teachers accompanying their groups into the Garden are exposed to practical activities which can be used in their own school gardens or neighbouring natural areas.

Lessons are offered to learners with a range of special educational needs. Each lesson is adapted to meet the needs of each specific group.

Lessons are offered in English, SeSotho and isiXhosa and special lessons are facilitated in celebration of Environmental Days/ Weeks.


Days on which the programme is offered:

Tuesday - Friday, throughout the school year


09h30 - 12h00 - Grade R-2

09h30 - 12h30 - Grade 3-12

Bookings should be made a month in advance, with the Administrative Clerk Mabelo Matsie on +27 (051) 436 3530 or Fax: +27 (051) 436 1867.


  • R14 for learners and R18 for adults, reviewed annually
  • Free entrance for one educator per group of 25 learners
  • Bring your own refreshments.

A booking form will be sent to you via fax or email. Complete and return the booking form, making sure to indicate your choice of lesson. A 50% deposit is required to secure the booking.

The Garden has a restaurant that sells light snacks.

Leaners taking part in a School Project


Programme Details






Grade 0 - 3


Biodiversity investigation

Identification, recording and classification of living and non-living components in a sample plot.


Sensory exploration of the garden and its plants

Get to know trees and plants using your 5 senses. Plants are the central theme on which a range of activities are based.


Water is life

A look at life in a pond and other water-related activities.



Grade 4 - 8


Food chains and food webs

A practical look at food chains and food webs. A classification of herbivores, carnivores & omnivores.


Plant adaptations

A practical look at plant adaptations in the Wetlands, Grassland and Succulent areas.


Grassland life  Explore the biodiversity in the grassland.




Traditional plant uses

The medicinal garden provides an ideal place to identify medicinal plants and their traditional and cultural uses.



Life in the leaves

A study of leaf litter and the ecology of the organisms that live in it.


Biodiversity investigation

Identify, record and classify the living and the non-living components within a sample plot.



Grade 8 - 12


Plant adaptations

A comparison of the adaptations of plants in the Wetlands, Grasslands and Succulent areas.


Grassland ecology

Sample plots and line transects are used to identify, record and classify the biotic and abiotic components of the grassland.



Explore the Free State National Botanical Garden as a destination for tourists.


Management of populations. Current state of the environment, human influences on the environment and sustaining our environment.

10 -12

Last updated on 13 June 2014
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