Learn

We offer education and community programmes for every age that inspire and empower, from toddler groups to apprenticeships, curriculum-linked sessions and lecture programmes. Workshops, events and programmes can be booked using through our Events page, or contact our Visitor Centre team at info@standrewsbotanic.org for more information.

Adult learning

Discover botany, biodiversity, ecology and horticulture through our specialist workshop programmes. Led by experts including our Garden & Conservation team, we offer an inspiring programme of ID workshops, horticulture skills sessions and classes. From half a day to 6 weeks, we have an excellent programme of workshops to help you expand your skills and knowledge – from local wildflower identification to tree propagation. These workshops will help you explore our key themes and projects in depth, alongside likeminded people who are passionate about gardens and conservation.

We apprenticeship positions and welcome work experience students from all backgrounds that lead to recognised outcomes and help develop careers. If you would like find out more about career development or a position in our team, please write to info@standrewsbotanic.org to find out more.

For short, guided walks and seasonal gardening tips, please also head to our Events page and look for our Walks with Our Team event series. Here you’ll also find our Lunchtime Lecture programme, a series of monthly talks and demonstrations from experts in horticulture, ecology, conservation and community engagement.

Our Creative Workshops programme includes garden-inspired hands-on workshops, creating beautiful crafts to take home, from bird boxes to festive wreaths. Many of our workshops make use of natural materials from the Garden, so you can bring a little piece of the Garden into your home.

Schools Programme

Our learning experiences are designed around the Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes, providing practical outdoor activities and access to experiences you can’t do in the classroom. Our school programme runs on weekdays during term time; during a standard school visit, students can enjoy a one-hour facilitated workshop, access to a reserved sheltered lunch area, and time to explore the Garden.

We provide options for self-led visits, which includes the use of a reserved sheltered lunch area, and you can upgrade your school visit with an optional campfire experience, which will get your class safely chopping wood, lighting fires and toasting marshmallows. Please note much of your visit will take place outside so we recommend your pupils dress for the Scottish weather.

Families

Our Family Activities are designed to inspire young families to build connections with nature through play. Families are encouraged to spend quality time together in the unique setting of St Andrews Botanic Garden, enjoying the benefits of getting active outdoors.

As well as our weekly Little Oaks for toddlers and Planet Botanic holiday clubs for6-11 year olds, we host regular seasonal special events designed for families – head to our Events page to see what’s coming up. Have fun, be curious and feel inspired to investigate more!