Linnean Learning

Discover and share your curiosity in nature

Welcome to Linnean Learning!

Linnean Learning was established in 2009 to enable the Linnean Society to share its collections and wealth of scientific knowledge with wider audiences, including students and the general public, in order to inspire and engage the next generation with the natural world and biological sciences as a whole.

Whether you're an interested wanderer, a teacher of any age or a professional botanist, we think we have something for you to see, just click the tiles below. You can always get in touch at

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Who was Linnaeus?

Carl Linnaeus is famous for his work in Taxonomy: the science of identifying, naming and classifying organisms.


Linnean Learning has produced teacher resources to support primary and secondary teachers to bring biology alive in the classroom. We send Discovery Kits to schools for free, as well as posters, fact sheets, practicals and worksheets. Dive in!

Videos & Podcasts

Linnean Learning has created a variety of videos and podcasts that delve into the life of Carl Linnaeus, other key figures in biology and the special collections we hold at the Linnean Society.

Discovery Workshops

Discover a variety of interesting intimate workshops related to the whole scope of natural history.

Biomedia Meltdown

Are you a London teacher, community organiser or library coordinator working with young Londoners? Inquire about booking workshops 2020-21!

Linnaeus at Home

A guide to exploring nature with children

The Linnean Society Student Conference 2020

Our second year of this public-facing, skills-building conference for students

New Portrait Competition

A unique opportunity for 8-11 year olds to showcase their artwork in the Linnean Society of London

External Courses

Interested in taxonomy or identification? Try one of these courses, ranging from leisure courses for complete beginners to professional qualifications.

Past Projects

Linnean Learning holds special events, competitions and conferences throughout the year. We also advertise external courses and have lots of nuggets of taxonomic knowledge to share!


Maria Sibylla Merian was an artist who's work shone light onto the newly discovered process of metamorphosis. This is one of three videos which explore the overlapping worlds of art and science. The beautiful environments featured in these videos have been created using artwork produced by London students during Biomedia Meltdown workshops.