Enjoyable learning in the Linnaean Gardens

Upper secondary school pupil looking in a stereo microscope.

Activities for school and pre-school

Plan guided tours and activities, on your own or with a pedagogue in one of our gardens!

Here are some tips for activities and guided tours in the Botanical Garden, the Linnaeus Garden and at Linnaeus' Hammarby.

  • Plan and book your visit
  • Bring the class and walk on your own
  • Activities for school classes
  • Activities for preschool groups

The Linnaean Gardens of Uppsala – for anyone with an interest in nature

The Linnaean Gardens are a perfect excursion for anyone wishing to learn more about nature and are part of Uppsala's history. The Botanical Gardens feature plants from all over the world. Here, you can learn everything about both rainforest and desert plants as well as common Swedish trees. The Linnaeus Garden was Linnaeus' own garden. It was here that he carried out most of his work. At Linnaeus' Hammarby, you can see how Linnaeus and his family lived in the 1700s.

We have shows for all ages, from children in preschool to young people in lower and upper-secondary school.  They can be about anything from describing plants, finding out where the taste in chocolate, vanilla ice cream and cinnamon buns comes from to how evolution works. We also organise other activities for school and preschool, such as gardening, exhibitions, music and dance.

You can also take advantage of our self-guided tours. Linné Online is a web resource for pupils and teachers in lower and upper-secondary school who want to learn more about Linnaeus and how modern research is linked to his work.

Guided visits for schools

We offer a wide range of themed guided visits adapted for schools and preschools. These visits take about 45 minutes. The different visits can be combined, and we will be happy to help tailor your visit to your needs and requirements.

Some examples of themes:

  • Flower identification / Plant detectives
  • Find five seeds / Fruits and seeds
  • Buds
  • Swedish trees
  • The wonderful forms of plants / Evolution in focus
  • Plants of the desert
  • Secrets of the rainforest / Jungle expedition / The lungs of the earth
  • Tropical crops
  • Joy, vice and healing
  • Diversity in danger
  • Sorting like Linnaeus
  • Life in the 18th century
  • Linnaeus as a scientist

Read more about the different themed visits in our leaflet(pdf).

Preschools in the Botanical Garden

Welcome to an eventful year at the Botanical Garden. In the spring we are once again inviting all of Uppsala’s preschools to plant coneflowers (Rudbeckia) and marigolds (Tagetes) in the baroque garden. There will also be a birthday party in May for the preschool childrens’ trees. In September Friskis&Svettis issue an invitation to Mini-Röris (exercise to music for younger children), and in October we will be planting garlic in the kitchen garden.

2020 Programme (with recommended ages)

  • 12th May: The tree’s birthday party (3–4 years)
  • 26–29th May: Dance and plant summer flowers and potatoes (4–6 years)
  • 9th September: Mini-Röris beside the Linneanum Orangery (2–6 years)
  • 19–23 October: Plant garlic in the kitchen garden (4–6 years)
  • 22–23 October: Create potato heads to exhibit the Tropical Greenhouse (3–6 years)

The invitation (in Swedish) gives more details about all the year’s activites; the last booking date for spring activities is May 1st! Bookings are made using this adress.

Preschools in the Botanical Garden

Welcome to an eventful year at the Botanical Garden. In the spring we are oinviting all of Uppsala’s preschools and junior (6-year-old) classes to plant coneflowers (Rudbeckia) and marigolds (Tagetes) in the baroque garden. In October we will be planting garlic in the kitchen garden.

2020 Programme (with recommended ages)

  • 2nd Juni : Dance and plant summer flowers and pottoes
  • 9th September: Röris – physical activity with Friskis&Svettis

The invitation (in Swedish) gives more details about the activites; the last booking date for spring activities is May 1st and for fall acitivties August 28th! Bookings are made by e-mail to boking@botan.uu.se.

Guided tours for preschools and preschool classes

We offer themed guided tours adapted for schools and preschools. These tours take approximately 45 minutes. It is possible to combine different themes and we are happy to help tailor guided tours per your requests and needs. Always book your visit in advance, via bokning@botan.uu.se.

Some examples of themes:

  • Flower descriptions
  • Find five seeds
  • Buds
  • The amazing and strange shape of plants
  • Jungle expedition
  • Sweets of the tropics / useful plants of the tropics

Please, contact our booking office for further information!