Secondary schools at the Garden

A visit to the Botanic Garden is an ideal opportunity for children and students to engage with the natural environment. Our collections include plants from tropical rainforests, deserts, mountains and bogs. We also have a range of fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants.

Our sessions are not classroom-based but include a variety of hands-on activities.  We aim to promote a love of the natural environment, to support and encourage future generations of botanists and conservationists.

About school visits

The Garden offers a range of sessions to enhance the curriculum for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. A visit typically lasts between ninety minutes and two hours, and has a capacity of 35 students.

Please note that there is a charge for all education sessions. Our sessions fill up quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.

School sessions do not include a general tour of the Garden, so please make sure you book extra time with us if you wish to explore the Garden afterwards.

Self-led geography activities for Key Stage 5 

Please contact for further information.

Cross-curricular programmes

The Botanic Garden is one of the University of Oxford's six collections. If you are interested in combining a visit to the Garden with a visit to one of the University Museums, please contact to discuss possible programmes and themes.


Session Max numbers Charge
Secondary school half-day session facilitated by Education Officer 60 £100.00
Secondary school full-day session facilitated by Education Officer 60 £200.00
Introduction to the Garden for secondary school art groups (20 minutes) 60 £35.00
Add-on to facilitated visit: Self-guided sketching (45 minutes) 35 £20.00
Bespoke school programmes (full day, selection of workshops) Flexible Contact us
Indoor lunch space at the Botanic Garden (45 minutes) 35 £20.00

How to book

You can make a booking enquiry online or call us on 01865 286 690, to arrange your visit.

You will receive booking confirmation with our standard terms and conditions. An invoice will follow.

Information for your visit

Find out more about how to prepare for your visit, what to expect during it and follow-up activities for afterwards.

Teacher training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We are passionate about the natural world, and believe it can be used as a springboard to teach a range of topics. Our practical hands-on courses will fill you with confidence, and will introduce you to a range of exciting ideas that you can take back to school. Find out more about our upcoming Teacher CPD programme.

Not a UK school?

Due to limited education staffing and high demand from UK schools, we cannot run facilitated sessions for schools visiting from outside the UK. If you would like to visit the Garden please book a group visit