Please note that our school bookings are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are looking into holding outreach visits into schools in the Autumn term, so please get in touch if this would be of interest to you, or if you think we could help your teaching in some other way.    

In the meantime we are developing online activity sheets & videos for parents & teachers to use with their children, on the topics of our curriculum-related programmes – please see these below (scroll down to ‘Our Programmes’).

NEW – Autumn trees – see below!

We currently have also A Big Botanical Summer! Downloadable Trail (featuring the SLBI and other local green spaces), thanks to a grant from Lambeth Made – suitable for those aged 7-13. 

As part of Eco Attractions Group we invite you to make a Pollinator Palace as part of Project Pollinate this summer…prizes to be won including tea at the SLBI! 

These resources are free of charge, but we are obviously losing income at the moment while the SLBI is closed, so please use the Donate button on this page to support us if you can – thank you. 

Please note all of our resources are copyrighted and cannot be copied, reproduced, republished, downloaded, posted, broadcast adapted, altered or transmitted in any way except for your own personal non-commercial use.  ©

Our programmes & online resources

We usually have eight programmes available for our visits, so have developed resource sheets to match them all:

And here are the ANSWERS! SLBI Resources – Answer sheet

See our special Earth Day 22 April 2020 sheet for ideas of how you can take climate action to help our precious planet. 

Looking for more things to do in nature? See the Eco Attractions Nature Play List produced by the Eco Attractions Group. We’re part of the group and feature on the Play List!

Wondering about the leaf on our SLBI logo? Read more here about the amazing Ginkgo biloba!

Information for when school visits start again

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 ‘Our Programmes’ – 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.

NB Please contact our office [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.

We are grateful to City Bridge Trust and Postcode Local Trust for their support of our work with schools.

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’

Family activities for school holidays

The SLBI also organises activities for children during school holidays and half-terms – please see our Events page. Whilst these events are currently postponed, please use the resources above with your children at home or on your walks.