Draw a map of your garden


Draw a map of the school garden or grounds. Mark where all the garden features are and where plants could be grown; either at present or in the future.

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): Art&DT, Geography, Social Studies

Learning objectives

  • Learn mapping skills and draw to scale
  • Use measuring equipment outdoors
  • Discuss future ideas for the school garden 


Prepare a base map for younger learners and print off copies.
Gather all equipment and print out checklist.
Older learners may prefer to use SketchUp or CAD if available.

Equipment needed

  • Clip boards, pencils, rulers & tape measures
  • Compass 
  • Old gardening seed catalogues
  • Garden Explorer Spotter Guide

Step by step

  1. Hand out clip boards, blank paper or templates. Learners could work in pairs or small groups to help with discussion.
  2. Show them the area to be explored, walk around together at the start and discuss all the different features and make sure they are aware of the boundaries.
  3. If drawing the whole garden, ask learners to record and draw the important garden features (see Garden Explorer Spotter Guide).
  4. Draw in any existing beds, trees or key plants.
  5. Ask learners to make a key for their map.
  6. Work out where north and south is with a compass and draw this on your plan.
  7. Use the map to plan future developments for your school grounds or garden. 

Hints & tips

  • Old seed catalogue pictures or gardening magazines may be useful for some learners to illustrate future ideas for the garden area
  • Theme your map; for example show items or areas of the garden which may be attractive to wildlife
  • Use this activity as part of the Earth Matters, Grow Your own Lunch and Focus on Fruit class growing topics

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