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Programs for Secondary Schools

All programs except for the classic tour include worksheets, which you can get in our garden.

The guided tour is tailored to secondary school children. It takes the form of an attractive presentation that introduces relationships and interesting bits from the plant kingdom. The tour is also available in English.

Key terms (Fata Morgana Greenhouse): continents, biomes, useful plants, plant ecology, adaptation
Key terms (outdoor expositions): useful plants, plant kingdom record breakers, plant reproduction, plant systematics, geology

Where: Fata Morgana Greenhouse; South Grounds, outdoor expositions; North Grounds, outdoor expositions

Climate Zones

This program introduces subtropical and tropical climate zones. Children will see plants typical for these areas, how they adapt to the environment, and their relationships with animals. Children can explore individual biomes in the greenhouse and see their locations on the map. They will also fill in a simple worksheet.

Key terms: climate zones, deserts, semi-deserts, savannas, tropical forest, adaptation, environmental protection, geography

Where: Fata Morgana Greenhouse

Remarkable Plants

This program introduces the most interesting plants from the southern part of our outdoor expositions. Students focus on the plants’ relationship with other organisms, their use, or geographical distribution. They also learn to classify plants into basic systematic groups. The program merges interesting bits about plants with information that students learn at school.

Key terms: plant record breakers, useful plants, plant ecology, geography

Where: South Grounds, outdoor expositions

Expedition to the (Sub)tropics

This program introduces the three parts of our greenhouse and the plants growing there. Students learn about how plants adapt to drought and get more information about the tropical rainforest and selected tropical useful plants. Students also learn about carnivorous plants and find out why and how they "hunt".

Key terms: adaptation, biomes, ecology, tropical rainforest, useful plants, carnivorous plants

Where: Fata Morgana Greenhouse

Conifers and Other Gymnosperms

This program introduces Czech and exotic conifers and other gymnosperms (e.g. ginkgo). Students learn about their structure, reproduction, and way of life, as well as other interesting bits about their practical use. They also learn about several "living fossils" and can try to identify selected conifers based on their typical characteristics. The program also describes the relationship between gymnosperms and other organisms.

Worksheet for the program is available in a simplified version (roughly up to 7th grade) or an extended version (suitable for comprehensive schools).

Key terms: plant reproduction, use of gymnosperms, "living fossils", plant morphology, ecology and environmental protection, cross-curricular relationships (geography, literature, music)

Where: South Grounds, outdoor expositions

Use of (Sub)tropical Plants

This program focuses on useful plants of the subtropics and tropics. Students learn about their distribution, ecological relationships, and about the uses of individual plant parts. They will see plants they use in everyday life and find out how to recognise them in foods. The program also focuses on environmental protection and growing tropical crops.

Key terms: useful plants, plant ecology, fibre, starch, spices, chocolate, carnivorous plants, geography, environmental protection

Where: Fata Morgana Greenhouse

Medicinal Plants

Ideal in May-July.

The guide introduces common representatives of medicinal plants and explains the differences and relationships between medicinal and poisonous plants. Students find out about collecting medicinal plants and about their effects on our bodies. They also learn to recognize some plants by their typical characteristics. Besides medicinal representatives, they also meet plants used in the kitchen.

Key terms: medicinal × poisonous plants, drugs from plants, use of plants in pharmacy and cooking, plant morphology

Where: South Grounds, outdoor expositions

Botanical Investigation

In this program, students look up information about plants and other interesting things they can find on our map. Afterwards, they visit these places with the guide and learn even more about the use and significance of plants. The program endeavours to promote children’s interest in botany.

Key terms: information lookup, motivation, plant use, interesting facts and context, using the map

Where: South Grounds, outdoor expositions


We recommend joining this program during or shortly after the Exhibition of Tropical Butterflies. Follow our event calendar!

This program introduces relationships between butterflies and other organisms. Students learn about butterflies' life cycle and can observe their hatching with their own eyes. The program also explains butterfly colours, body structure, and how they perceive the world.

Key terms: butterfly development in real time, mimicry, diversity of nature, body structure

Where: Fata Morgana Greenhouse


This program can take place during the orchid exhibition (follow our event calendar).

It introduces the diversity of one of the largest plant families and different orchid lifestyles. Students can see orchids with large, ornamental flowers as well as less striking representatives. They learn about the use of some orchids in the kitchen (e.g. vanilla) and get to know more about the protection of plant species. With the help of displayed plants, they can review their knowledge of basic anatomy and morphology of leaves, roots, or flowers. They discover how orchids reproduce and learn about their pollination tricks.

Key terms: orchids as ornamental plants, vanilla, plant ecology, plant anatomy and morphology, plant protection, diversity of species

Where: Fata Morgana Greenhouse

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