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What Makes Plants Grow Session Information


This session is taught at the Durham University Botanic Gardens.

The day consists of: 

  • Interactive Tour of the gardens of the Botanic Garden looking at the different habitats and plants which grow in them. This will consist of exploring the questions of; what do plants need to grow? What adaptations do plants make to their environment? How do the other plants and animals help each other in their environment?
  • Greenhouses we look at the rainforests and desserts and how these plants try to survive in their extreme environments and how these plants have adapted. Depending on seasonal availability, this session can include planting. 

Need to know:

  • This session costs £6 per child with all accompanying adults free.
  • This is a seasonal and mostly outdoors visit, we would advise booking for Autumn Term 1, Summer Term 1 or Summer Term 2.
  • There are two entrances to the Botanic Gardens. Coaches will usually drop you off at the Howlands Park and Ride (DH1 3TQ) entrance (no.26 on map). From here it is just a short walk through the kiosk gates and up the hill to the Visitors Centre (no. 1 on map) where a member of the team will meet you.
  • On the day of your visit, we will make a note of the number of children present. This means that we get the exact numbers for the visit on the day, and you will not be charged for anyone who is unable to be there unexpectedly. The invoice will be sent directly to your school after the visit has taken place.
  • We offer sensory bags, visual stories, larger print sheets, printing on coloured paper and wobbly cushions for our visits, if you feel that this is something that could help any child in your class then you can let us know before the day of your visit.
  • Please don’t forget any extra things you may need such as: sensible shoes, raincoats, sun cream, picnic blankets, water, lunch, camera, hearing aids and a sick bucket.

This session is not available as an outreach visit to school or as an online session.