School visits

We offer plant and outdoor education with a difference in a unique setting right on your school’s doorstep.

We have a range of inspirational programmes to match the requirements of the new curriculum for all key stages – please see below – or we can create tailor made sessions for your class.

All our sessions are interactive and hands-on, encouraging and enthusing children to explore plants by working scientifically, in addition to a variety of creative and playful activities.

We run 2 hour sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and take school groups of up to 30 children at a time.  Fee:  £75 per group.

NB Thanks to funding from the City Bridge Trust for our ‘Botany on your Plate’ project, programmes marked with an * are free of charge (up to July 2019 – possibly longer depending on funding), although donations are always welcome!

Due to the setting and available space, we recommend a packed lunch to be taken in nearby Brockwell Park, either on the way to or from the Institute.

Our programmes

Please note that our school bookings up to the end of the summer term 2019 are all fully booked at present. We will be taking bookings for the Autumn term from April 2019.  Any queries please contact: [email protected]

We currently have eight programmes available for our visits:

IMG_6533 Helga and group in old lecture room

NB After April 1st 2019 please contact Helga, our Plant Education Coordinator, on [email protected] for information, booking details and dates, or download and return our booking form

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Please note, you are not guaranteed a booking until we have received the completed booking form. Cancellations must be made 28 days prior to visit date for a full refund.

Plants under the microscope

Comments from teachers

‘Brilliant visit – a lovely place and a great range of activities. We especially enjoyed the atmosphere in the building and garden’

‘Children were engaged and are buzzing with new information’

‘Very interesting, child friendly and relevant’

‘I didn’t know what to expect, but it was brilliant, really good fun. I’d had no idea’

Quotes from visiting children

‘This is the best trip ever!’

‘I learned that there is a chocolate tree’

‘I discovered that some leaves are round’

‘I saw a seed that was so hairy, it was cool’

School holiday activities

The SLBI also organises activities for families during school holidays and half-terms – please see our Events page

Child shows broomstick and skeleton leaf