Secondary programmes

We offer a wide range of programmes, aimed at GCSE and A-level classes, covering topics from biology, geography, maths, art and citzenship. Summaries are given in the two tables below, and you can download a full brochure here giving programme details.

NEW: Team building days for up to 24 students. Contact the Botanic Garden office botanicgarden@le.ac.uk. / 0116 271 2933 to discuss details.

We welcome classes of about 30 students. Times are approximate and can be changed to suit your needs. In the venue column, AA = Attenborough Arboretum, BG = Botanic Garden, S = your school.

 

Programmes for KS 3/4VenueTime

Ecology Pyramids (biology) – construct pyramids of numbers and biomass from measurements made in the field.

AA 2.5h
Food Chains & Webs (geography) – holly trees, holly leaf miners  and blue-tits. BG 2.5h
Ecosystems (geography) – measure environmental variables in six different habitats. BG 4.5h
Photosynthesis & Plant Structure (biology) – find out how plants are constructed and where photosynthesis occurs. BG/S 1.5h
Darwinian Selection & Speciation (biology) – adaptive significance of camouflage. BG/S 2.5h 
Batesian Mimicry (biology) – famous rainforest explorers from Leicester; butterflies and fruit pastilles. BG/S 1.5h
Fibonacci Fun (mathematics) – visit our Fibonacci pavements; make measurements; calculate the Golden Ratio. BG 4.5h
Art in the Garden (art & design) – be inspired by the plants and architecture at the Botanic Garden. BG 4.5h
Botanica Workshop (citizenship) – a simulation exercise based in a developing country. S/BG 2h
Global Fruit Trail - world fruits, science, global trade, sustainability BG 4h
Food for Thought (citizenship) – from crops to markets in Nicaragua: an interactive experience BG 4.5

 

Programmes for A-levelVenueTime
Rainforest Ecology (biology) – adaptations; biodiversity hotspots; carnivorous plants. BG 2.5h
Succession (biology) – vegetation analysis along environmental gradients. AA 2.5h
Photosynthesis in Deserts & Tropics (biology) – special adaptations to drought and high temperatures. BG/S 2.5h
Batesian Mimicry (biology) – famous rainforest explorers from Leicester; butterflies and fruit pastilles. BG/S 1.5h
Darwinian Selection & Speciation (biology) – bird foraging behaviour; adaptation & fitness. BG/S 2.5h
Evolutionary Trees (biology) – construct evolutionary trees for animals and plants; use modern classification methods. BG/S 2.5h
Island Biogeography (biology) – colonise volcanic islands and discover an important basis of conservation biology. BG/S 2.5h
Statistics (mathematics) – hypothesis-testing; sampling; collecting & analysing data. BG 2.5h
Art in the Garden (art & design) – be inspired by the plants and architecture at the Botanic Garden. BG 4.5h
Botanica Workshop (citizenship) – a simulation exercise based in a developing country. S/BG 2h

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Visitors' entrance

The visitor entrance to the Botanic Garden is on Glebe Road, Oadby LE2 2LD. Parking is on Glebe Road.

Contact us

Correspondence address:
University of Leicester Botanic Garden,
University Road,
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Botanic Garden office phone: 0116 271 2933
(Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
botanicgarden@le.ac.uk

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Accessibility

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The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has a detailed accessibility guide for the Botanic Garden.

Café in the Garden

Café in the Garden 2017

We regret that the University Catering Dept. will be not be providing a café in the Botanic Garden this summer.

However, we will be offering refreshments at some of our special events. For details see our events calendar on our website.

Sculpture exhibition

Please note that there will not be a University sculpture exhibition in the Botanic Garden in 2017.