Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Learning Program



The Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Learning Program at Adelaide Botanic Garden is back for 2018!

Lessons are available for classes of children from Early Years (minimum 4 years of age) to Year 7 and will be held on 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:  Thursdays – lessons at 10am, 11:30am and 1pm.

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.

Bookings Term 3 and 4 2018

Reserve a lesson for Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Learning Program for Terms 3 and 4, 2018!

Book now for Term 3 and 4 through Eventbrite.

Please note that this is a reservation of lesson only.  Once you have reserved a spot, a member of the Botanic Gardens Education team will be in contact to confirm further details and costs with you.

Early Years Program

  • Suitable for classes of Kindergarten to Year 2 students

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

  • Suitable for classes of Year 3 to 7 Students

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.

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

For Educators: Kitchen Garden Educator Workshop

This event is now Sold Out. If you would like to be added to a waiting list or be contacted should future kitchen garden workshops be released, send us an email at:

Date: Friday October 19 2018
Time: 8.45am to 3.00pm
For: Pre-school to year 7 educators
Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden – Goodman Building Lecture Room & Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden
Cost: $80 (+ booking fee if booked online), via Eventbrite (SOLD OUT)

Join us for a professional learning workshop which aims to support and inspire educators to connect children with kitchen gardens.

This year’s program will include:

  • Jon Lamb (ABC Adelaide Talkback Gardening) - sunlight, shade and water - gardening and the seasons.
  • Ian Wilson (Kitchen Garden Educator, Botanic Gardens & State Herbarium of South Australia) - edible gardens on a small scale.
  • Karen Hogan (Department for Education) - Gardens of Wonder - STEM Learning in the kitchen garden.
  • NRM Education - establishing and maintaining kitchen gardens in a school setting with links to learning.

The workshop will also be an opportunity to connect and share practice with fellow educators from other sites.

This professional development is aligned with the Australian National Teaching Standards and a certificate of attendance will be issued.

Numbers are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!

Contact us

For alternative arrangements or other enquiries, please contact:

Kitchen Garden Education
(08) 8222 9343

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