Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Biodiversity Detectives-School Holiday Program ended on Thursday 25 January 2018.

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Current events

The gardens at night. Photo: Irene Lorbergs

Photography afterDARK

Fridays 18 January and 15 February. Times vary depending on sunset — Meet at the Crosbie Morrison amphitheatre

Join Irene Lorbergs from Canberra School of Photography for an exclusive three hour guided night photography workshop in the gardens. Learn how to 'paint with light' during sunset, dusk and the black of night.

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Banks statue

Australian Trees and their Botanists – Summer Guided Walks

Sunday 17 February — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Take a fascinating guided walk uncovering stories of adventure, mystery, sex, and even murder, associated with Australian trees and overseas botanists.

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NatureArt kids club

NatureArt kids club

Last Sunday of every month, February–November, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon — Banks Building

Join NatureArt Kids Club art and science adventures for an exciting exploration of nature in the gardens.

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Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive!

14–20 January 2019, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Feeding times 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm daily — Crosbie Morrison Building

Live displays, feeding and handling of snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and crocodiles.

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Tues, Wed and Thurs, 16, 17 and 18 Jan and 23, 24 and 25 — Banks Building

Programs are currently full. To register your interest for future programs or be placed on a waiting list, please email

This summer, kids can immerse themselves in the wonderful and intriguing world of nature and discovery in our new full-day hands-on science workshops.

Join scientists, rangers and species discovery experts for a unique day in the Gardens investigating the secret lives of bugs, reptiles, plants and more.

Each day, participants will investigate two different focal themes through a range of activities that may include exploration walks, collecting specimens, examination with lenses and microscopes, experiments, art, craft and planting. For kids ages 7–12 years.

Bookings essential. Click the dates and daily themes to book.

*Note: these sessions include a visit to the Snakes Alive exhibition (additional $4 entry fee applies).

Biodiversity Detectives Program Details

  • Ages 7–12 years
  • $70 per day (+$4 Snakes Alive entry fee on Jan 16, 17 and 18)
  • Programs run from 9.00 am–4.30 pm with limited supervision available until 5.00 pm
  • Groups are strictly limited to 20 participants per day
  • All daily programs will involve walking on uneven ground within the Gardens and time spent both inside and outside
  • All registrations will need to provide a completed Contact Details and Indemnity form before participating in the program. The form will be sent to the email used for registration prior to program commencement
  • Please send enquiries to 6250 9505 or

What you need to bring

  • Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea
  • Water bottle
  • Sun-sensible clothing, hat and sunscreen (several hours of each daily program will be outdoors)
  • Raincoat (if wet weather)
  • Strong safe shoes for walking and exploring.

Presented in partnership with Bush Blitz.


Tues, Wed and Thurs, 16, 17 and 18 Jan and 23, 24 and 25


Banks Building


$70 per day per child