Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Learning Program



The Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Learning Program at Adelaide Botanic Garden is back for 2019!

Lessons are available for classes of children from Early Years (minimum 4 years of age) to Year 7 and will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Kitchen Garden Learning Program is aligned to relevant curriculum (Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum).  The program will be a hands-on, inquiry-based and sensory experience for all involved!

Lessons are led by a qualified Kitchen Garden Educator with the support of program volunteers.

The Kitchen Garden also showcases the benefits of growing fresh, healthy produce to the whole community, instilling healthy habits from a young age.

The general public are welcome to visit the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden when sessions are not being held.


Group size (per session): Minimum 12, maximum 30
Lesson duration: One hour
Day:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Fees: $7.50 per student (minimum total cost of $150 per lesson), $5.50 per student (minimum total of $110) for Department for Education Category 1-4 Disadvantaged Schools. All prices are GST inclusive and schools will be invoiced following the visit.

Programs are not suitable for play groups.

Early Years Program (Kindergarten to Year 2)

The Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Early Years Learning Program allows children to explore the wonders of a kitchen garden environment through a range of fun and engaging learning opportunities. Guided by a qualified kitchen garden educator, the program is hands-on and sensory in nature and aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework. The Kitchen Garden also showcases the benefits of growing fresh, healthy produce to the whole community, instilling healthy habits from a young age.

Primary Program (Year 3 to Year 7)

The Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Primary Program has a focus on STEM learning. Students and their teachers will use the kitchen garden environment as a research tool to develop their scientific biological conceptual knowledge of the structure and function, diversity and evolution and interdependence of plants. The sessions are inquiry-based, tailored to address specific year level Australian Curriculum outcomes and provide a springboard for teachers to continue learning experiences back at their sites. Technology is employed to support the learning with engineering and mathematical tasks either embedded in the program or explicit in the recommended post visit activities for students.

Book into the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Learning Program here.

For help planning your visit and ideas on pre and post-visit activities download this booklet.


Kitchen Garden Educator Professional Development Workshop

When: Friday 25 October 2019, 8.45am to 3.30pm

Where: Kitchen Garden, Adelaide Botanic Garden 

Cost: $80 incl. GST (+ booking fee). Register your spot here.
Pre-service teacher receives a 25% discount - email us at to find out the discount code before registering.

Join us for a Kitchen Garden workshop which aims to support and inspire educators to connect children with kitchen gardens.The workshop will feature a range of presentations and discussions including:

•Tips for a successful school kitchen garden
•The science of bees and pollination - a STEM Inquiry
•The history edible plants - through a social, economic and geographic lens
•What works in schools?

The workshop will also provide an opportunity for participants to share practice and talk with fellow educators from other sites.

Numbers are limited so book now to secure your ticket! Register now.

For more information, download the flyer.


Volunteering opportunities

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia are taking expressions of interest for volunteer roles in the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Learning Program.

If you have a passion for gardening, healthy eating and working with young children or you know of someone who does, this could be the perfect volunteer role!

Please register your interest here, or contact our education team at


Gardens of Wonder eBook

The Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden is an excellent environment to foster STEM thinking and learning.

This Gardens of Wonder eBook describes early years research that follows the journey of two preschools' children, educators and families as they research STEM learning in the garden together.

Free to download, this research follows the principals of Reggio Emilia by valuing the child’s voice. Children, educators and families work together to design the learning. It also highlights the importance that pedagogical documentation plays in encouraging children’s STEM thinking.

The eBook includes short videos and resources to support educators with STEM learning design and questioning.

It is a thought-provoking way for you and your colleagues to reflect on, and to stimulate your thinking to improve your STEM site practice.


Contact us

For alternative arrangements or other enquiries, please contact:

Kitchen Garden Education
(08) 8222 9343

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