Lowveld NBG: Biodiversity Education Programme

school garden programme

The Biodiversity Education programme is designed to bring schools to the Garden for guided educational programmes. All the educational programmes facilitated are linked to the current curriculum which is now called the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS).

For the effective running of the programme, Assistant Education Officers (AEO's) are trained on the Biodiversity content, facilitation and presentation of these programmes. To become an AEO one must have a matric certificate and attend the SANBI AEO training course. Knowledge of environmental education is an added advantage.

Programmes are offered five days a week and can accommodate learners from grade R - 12 and from diverse backgrounds. A maximum of 120 learners can be accommodated and for every 20 learners one teacher gets free entrance. The minimum number of learners for a guided educational tour is 15.

Schools need to arrange their own transport and entrance fees into the Garden. Programmes are conducted in English and run for a maximum of 3 hours (09h00 - 12h00). Learners are encouraged to wear their school uniform, comfortable shoes, caps for hot summer days and to bring their own lunch packs. Special programmes can be arranged on request.

Bookings are essential. Book and pay at least 50% deposit to secure and confirm your bookings to avoid disappointment.

Below are some of the educational programmes offered:

Programmes Description Grade
Foundation Phase    
Sensory activities Activities to encourage the use of senses, a variety of themes can be explored, e.g. seasons, colours, plants and textures. R - 1
Treasure Hunt Walk in the garden to identify 'treasures' like plants, insects and animals. Active learning about the role of these treasures in the ecosystem.  
Water is Life A look in life in ponds 1 - 3
Creatures that live in water Explore different water bodies, the animals that live in them and their role in the environment 2
Pollution and recycling Activity that encourages learners to protect the environment and helps them to understand the importance of recycling. 3
Intermediate Phase    
Trees I touched Trees are the central theme around which a range of activities are conducted, e.g. learning about the various types of leaves, uses of the tree parts and how to measure the trees. 4
Food chains and Food webs Visit the savannah biome for field investigations, classify herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Construct a food chain and food web. 4 - 5
Plant adaptation A practical look at plant adaptations in the forest and in semi-desert areas. 6
Indigenous plant use A practical look at various types of plants used for medicinal purposes. 6
Senior Phase    
Biodiversity Study Learners identify and classify living organisms in the garden. 7- 8
Wetlands and Alien plants Look at invasive alien plants and the threats they pose to biodiversity and the environment. Learn about the importance and uses of indigenous plants. Look at the importance of wetlands in the environment and what threats they face. 8- 9
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Eco tourism Explore the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens as a destination for tourists. 10
Biomes of South Africa A presentation on Biomes across South Africa is given and their adaptation in different regions is examined. Learners conduct outdoor field work visiting different biomes in the garden in order to learn and complete the worksheet provided to them. 10
Plant Classification Learners discover the fascinating world of plant development over the millennia. 11

For more information and more on programmes that are offered please get in touch with us.

Contact details for school bookings:

Tel/ Fax: +27 (0)13 752 6504
Email: Simphiwe Ngwenya

Last updated on 21 July 2015
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