Plan your school visit
The Australian National Botanic Gardens is open and welcomes visitors from 8.30 am to 5 pm every day of the year (except 25 December).
Visitors will need to comply with the COVID-19 safety measures that remain in place across the ACT. Read more.
Plan your school visit carefully to ensure your day in the Gardens runs smoothly.
COVID-19 Safety plan
The Gardens has developed protocols to ensure the continued safety of students, visitors and staff, adhering to current ACT Government regulations and requirements. Please see COVID-19 Information for School Visits for more information.
Make a day of it
An excursion to the Gardens offers great value for money, especially if your students take part in more than one activity.
Bookings and confirmation
Bookings are essential for all school excursions to the Gardens, whether ranger guided or teacher guided.
You can now book online and check availability for programs with Book Canberra Excursions. You will be able to view and update booking details online.
Cancellations and weather
Our ranger guided programs run on rainy days. However, if heavy rain is forecast, you might like to consider cancelling or rescheduling your excursion.
Please provide at least 24 hours notice when cancelling or rescheduling a ranger guided program. Bookings cancelled within 24 hours of their start time will incur full payment of the booking fee.
If you need to cancel a teacher guided program, please inform us before your group is due to arrive at the Gardens.
Programs can be cancelled or rescheduled by calling the Education Office on 02 6250 9408.
We may need to close some or all of the Gardens in times of severe winds, thunderstorms or high fire danger. If this results in your booking being cancelled, you will not be charged.
The main path of the Gardens is wheelchair accessible. Please notify the Education Office of any other accessibility needs for your group.
Lunch and morning tea areas
The Gardens has several grassy areas with shelters that are great for lunches and breaks.
There are no bins in the Gardens. Please bring rubbish bags to collect any waste and take it away with you for disposal.
The school and accompanying teachers are responsible for providing any first aid treatment.
Teacher–student ratios and supervision
The duty of care for visiting students remains with their teachers at all times. Please ensure you have a minimum of 1 teacher for every 15 students during your visit.
Please explain to attending adults that they have an active and important role in supporting the learning activities and keeping an eye on students throughout the session.
- Pre-visit info sheet (PDF)
- Gardens map and guide (PDF)
- Venue and safety information and risk assessment (PDF)
- Public liability insurance certificate of currency (PDF)
- COVID-19 Information for School Visits (PDF)