Activities for Children and Families 2017
      Go on the Tropical Trail, Hug-a –Tree trail or just roam through the Garden itself. It’s a great place to come and run about on our spacious lawns, bring a picnic, enjoy the fresh air, and learn about the natural world at the same time. Children can borrow an activity backpack from the Gatehouse. They may get a glimpse of Sooty, our tame blackbird, or the kingfisher down by the pond. And don’t let them miss the fascinating insectivorous plants in the Temperate House, always a success with the youngsters.
All activities, except clubs and parties, are free on entry unless otherwise mentioned.
Admission: £5 Adults, £4.50 over 60 years old and Free under 18 and full time students with ID
(Note - children under12 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Free Family Activities
Tropical Trail (Age 2 - 14)
Find all 12 food plants in the glasshouses and spot the hidden cuddly animals.
Learn where the plant grows and use the free sticker sheet to put the fruit on the map.

Hug a Tree Trail (Age 4 – 12)
Borrow a backpack and guide and find 12 special trees. There are activities to do at each one.

Champion Tree Trail (Age 12 and over)
Champion trees are either the tallest, stoutest or oldest for their species. This trail showcases twelve unusual trees from around the world which have achieved champion status. A guide is available from the gatehouse or can be downloaded below.
Champion Tree Trail Guidebook (Note this is a very large file - 35 pages)
Champion Tree Trail Visitor Guide

Scottish Native Tree Trail (Age 12 and over)
Visit 24 native trees, and learn about their ecology and uses. These trees are mainly by the pond. A guidebook can be bought from the Gatehouse, when open, or simply look out for the large, green labels at ground level.

Let's Look Trail (Age 7 and over)


This guidebook can be bought from the Gatehouse, when open. It is an entertaining guide to the Garden for families wishing to learn more about the amazing world of plants. It points out things of interest, compares climates, sets little challenges, and leads the visitor through both the ‘indoor’ and ‘outdoor’ garden.

Children’s Clubs - please enquire

Wild Things Conservation and Wildlife Club   Cost £1.50 per session

A conservation watch group for young people aged 7 to 18 meeting one Saturday of each month during term-time from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.    For further information click here and the most recent Newsletter here.

Garden Explorers Club    Cost £2 per session (in advance)

A gardening club for children aged 5 to 12 meeting on the third Saturday of each month during term-time from 10.30am to 12pm . For further information click here.

Children’s Holiday Clubs Cost £30 per day or £125 per week per child

Our Education Tutors run a holiday club based in the Glass Class from 9.00 am-3.00 pm daily during the Easter, Summer and Autumn break. The club is for children from 6-12 years and offers a wide range of gardening, nature and craft activities in the beautiful setting of the Botanic Garden. Please book in advance.

Birthday Parties Cost £6 per child
We host Children’s birthday parties in the Glass Class and Garden with a choice of nature–related activities from our education programme. Our tutors provide entertainment and activities and you bring party food and a cake.

Parties last 2 hours and include all materials:

Starter activity (nature crown/ pot painting/ craft) 15 mins
Main activity (Minibeast Hunt / Pond Dipping/ Gruffalo trail etc) 45 min
Party food and cake – 20 mins
Plant a seed – 15 mins
Party game – 15 mins

Jungle and Desert Explorer Trail for wet weather alternative.
Contact the Education Officer at the email address below
Minimum 10
Maximum 24

Nikki Macdonald (Education Officer) @ the Glass Class
St Andrews Botanic Garden Canongate St Andrews KY16 8RT

email: education@standrewsbotanic.org
mobile 0773 952 1612