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, including Reception – 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.

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

We currently have nine programmes available for our visits:

IMG_6533 Helga and group in old lecture room

Contact Helga, our Plant Education Coordinator, on for information, booking details and dates, or download and return our school-visit-booking-form

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