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Summer term 2018

The Tropical Ravine is developing a schools’ programme to showcase the rainforest environment and economically important plants we have. During the Summer term 2018 we will be offering a limited number of free trial sessions and then formally launching the curriculum linked programme in the Autumn term.

A full educational visit includes an interactive tour ‘under the canopy’ of the Tropical Zone, where pupils will have a multi-sensory rainforest experience and explore the stories behind the plants. 

If you would like your group to take part, please contact us well in advance of your proposed date to check availability and to discuss your group’s requirements.

For more information email botaniceducation@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone on 028 9031 4762.

Self-guided school visits 

The Tropical Ravine and the Belfast Botanic Gardens are great places for self-guided learning. 

To make sure we can accommodate your group in the Tropical Ravine, please email botaniceducation@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 028 9031 4762 to make a booking. School groups which are not formally booked in may be subject to restricted access or staggered entry, due to the maximum number of visitors allowed in the building at any one time.     

Primary school sessions

Key Stage 2

Session: Tropical Feast (trial session)
Session length: 30 or 40 minutes, dependent on your scheduling requirements 
Available: Tuesday and Thursdays mornings
Cost per child: free (during trial period, Summer 2018)

Max. size of group: 60 

We can accommodate a maximum of 20 children at a time for the guided tour of the Tropical Zone We will issue you with a visit schedule for three groups of 20 children or four groups of 15 children, with allocated slots for guided tours and an opportunity to explore the Ravine walkway and the gardens. 

Curriculum links 

The World Around Us

  • How living things rely on each other within the natural world (I)
  • How place influences the nature of life (P) 
  • How change may have consequences for the world around us (CT)  

Summary of session

The session will take place in the Tropical Zone where the rainforest plants can be explored up close. Children can investigate rainforest weather and the diversity of rainforest plant life, focusing on the economic plants which we find in the supermarket. Children will handle, smell and taste rainforest foods and use role play to discover the historical stories behind the plants.

How to book

Please email botaniceducation@belfastcity.gov.uk or call us on 028 9031 4762 to book a trial session. Please note that booking is essential for all educational groups. 

We will email you a confirmation of your booking and visit information. 

If you need to cancel your booking, please contact us as soon as possible by calling us on 028 9031 4762. 

Preliminary visits

We recommend that teachers visit the newly refurbished Tropical Ravine for familiarisation with the new building, exhibition and facilities. 

If you would like to discuss your school visit or see the lunch space in the Bowling Pavilion, please arrange to meet a member of staff by calling us on 028 9031 4762.

Facilities

Lunches and picnics

The Bowling Pavilion can be booked for groups to have lunch while visiting the Gardens. The Pavilion is 3-5 minutes’ walk from the Ravine. It is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible toilet. Please tell us when you book if you want your group to have lunch in the Bowling Pavilion. 

Belfast WiFi

Free WiFi is available at the Tropical Ravine.

Accessibility

Wheelchair and mobility 

The Tropical Ravine is accessible to wheelchair users within the spaces used for a full educational visit, including the Tropical Zone and the Ravine walkway. There is lift access to the exhibition on the Ravine walkway, but some doors are not automatic.  

Lunches and picnics

The Bowling Pavilion can be booked for groups to have lunch while visiting the Gardens. The Pavilion is 3-5 minutes’ walk from the Ravine. It is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible toilet. Please tell us when you book if you want your group to have lunch in the Bowling Pavilion. 

Toilets

There is an accessible toilet in the Tropical Ravine building. There are also public toilets in the Gardens which have an accessible toilet. Please request the key to make the latter available to your group if you are touring the Gardens. 

Disabled parking

If your group has mobility requirements, please advise us when booking to facilitate your needs. 

Hearing impaired 

The Tropical Ravine has an induction loop system. If a member of your group needs to use this, please advise when booking.

Book a group

To book a trial session please email botaniceducation@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 9031 4762.

Please note that booking is essential for all educational groups.

We will email you a confirmation of your booking and visit information.

If you need to cancel your booking, please call us as soon as possible by phoning 028 9031 4762.