Children’s Garden Trails
Workshops and Activities for Children
Available throughout the year
Choose from a selection of free trails at the Visitor Centre and embark on a self-guided discovery of the wonderful plants and glasshouses on display in the Gardens. Trails available include 'Plant Partners', which explores the amazing interactions between plants and animals, and 'Sense-ation', which encourages children to explore the Gardens using their senses.
Children’s Event: Pond dipping
An all-weather, all-year activity for kids! Pick up your Free trail at the Visitor Centre and embark on a self-guided discovery of the wonderful plants and glasshouses on display in the Gardens. A variety of trails are available, including a ‘Plant Partners’ trail which explores the amazing interactions between plants and animals.
Saturdays 28th May, 25th June, 23rd July, 13th August
A fun event exploring the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and mini beasts living in and around the pond at the Botanic Gardens. This workshop is suitable for children age 8 upwards.
Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanists – Flower pressing
Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Admission Free. Booking Essential Organised with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club
Wednesdays 13th July, 27th July & Wednesday 6th August
Kids! Get great tips from the experts and you too can be a plant collector. Join us on an expedition through the Gardens identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing a flower press and starting your very own dried plant collection.
Children’s Art Camp
Advance Booking Essential. Admission Free
Monday 18th Friday 22nd July & Monday 15th – Friday 19th August
Join artist Niamh Synnott for Children’s art week! Children will be encouraged through fun art activities to observe, engage in and be inspired by their surroundings. Kids can try their hand using a variety of mediums and materials such as mono and block prints, batik, plein-air painting, and construction using art straws.
Ages 47 years: 11.00am–12.30pm Ages 812 years: 2.00pm–4.00pm
Cost: €60. Booking Essential
Education Tours and Workshops for Schools
Education workshops for schools
A variety of special themed guided tours and workshops are available free of charge to school groups. All school visits should be pre-booked at the Visitor Centre – (01) 8570909/ 8040319 Guided Tours available for booking throughout the school year for both primary and secondary level:
Special themed tours of the gardens and the glasshouses. Learn all about the fascinating world of plants!
Workshops for Primary Level
- Explore Ireland’s only tropical rainforest in the Great Palm House and find out about plants from all over the world.
Hear all about Irish plants, their uses, folklore and how to identify them. Visit the Viking House and find out what plants they grew for food, clothing and shelter.
Discover the lives of our great trees how they produce their food, survive the seasons and help us in our daily lives.
Workshops for Secondary Level
Get Growing! Join us for a workshop in our new Education Garden. Make and plant your own newspaper pots to take home and get tips on what is best to plant in your school garden. Follow this with a special guided tour of the Gardens that includes a trip to Ireland’s only tropical rainforest and learn to identify some native trees along the way.
Delve Deeper Take a tour of the Gardens and collect samples with our guides before going back to the Visitor Centre to experiment with our special, user-friendly, handheld, digital microscopes. See what leaves, seeds, and even microscopic bugs look like close up!
Sustainability: What’s That? Interactive workshop exploring the principles of sustainability, biodiversity, plant conservation and the importance of plants in our lives. Covering aspects of geography, science and CSPE curricula. Suitable for second level students.
Delve Deeper Take a tour of the gardens and collect samples with our guides before going back to the Visitor Centre to experiment with our special, user-friendly, handheld, digital microscopes. See what leaves, seeds and even microscopic bugs look like close up!
Ecology Workshop Explore the world of ecology while taking an expedition through the Gardens exploring ecological concepts such as nutrient cycling, climate and soil adaptation and habitat structure. This workshop combines an interactive classroom session with a tour of the Garden’s native and exotic plants. Students will get a chance to study plants at the centre of real conservation projects, and even see rare plants that are extinct in the wild. This workshop is based on the curriculum needs of the Leaving Cert Biology Sub-Unit General Principles of Ecology, but will also cover other aspects of the Leaving Cert Biology and Geography Curricula.
It also features activities such as:
Mapping woodland and hedgerow habitats
Stepping from tropical to desert biomes to explore plant adaptations to the world’s climate and environmental factors
Searching the garden’s amazing plant collection for fascinating living examples of ecological relationships such as competition, predation, parasitism and symbiosis.
Teachers' Summer Course: A Course Outdoors
Monday 4th July Friday 8th July
This popular teachers' course is designed for primary school teachers and focuses on the outdoor classroom. It specifically shows how best to use the Gardens as a teaching resource including special behind-the-scenes tours, seashore ecology and wild plant identification field trips. For further details and booking contact: email@example.com