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 key stages 1 and 2 – 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:  £120 per group inclusive of booking and admin fees.

Lunches: Due to the setting and available space, we recommend a packed lunch be taken in nearby Brockwell Park, either on the way to or from the Institute.  However in some cases due to weather, timings etc. we can accommodate up to 30 children with their packed lunches in the lecture room at a pre-booked rate of £1 per child (refundable if not necessary on the day).

Cancellations: Any bookings cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to the visit date will be charged at the full price.

Our programmes

Please note we are now taking bookings for the Autumn term 2019.  

We currently have eight programmes available for our visits:

IMG_6533 Helga and group in old lecture room

NB Please contact Helga, our Plant Education Coordinator, on [email protected] for information, booking details and dates, or download and return our booking form School visit booking form August 2019

Please note, you are not guaranteed a booking until we have received the completed booking form.

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