Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australian National Botanic Gardens extended temporary closure

The Australian National Botanic Gardens will be temporarily closed to visitors until 18 June 2020.

Our Gardens are treasured by locals and visitors alike, and we understand many people would have been looking forward to visiting, however the health and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and local communities is our utmost priority. We all have a role to play in minimising the risk of COVID-19.

Our thoughts are with the community during this difficult time and we encourage social interaction with the Gardens via our website and social media platforms. Please join our online community via Facebook and Instagram as we’ll continue to share stories and provide updates as they come to hand. We also encourage everyone to share stories, special memories and photographs of the Gardens through these platforms.

We will continue to care for our precious living collections and seed collections during the temporary closure.

We look forward to seeing you again in our beautiful Gardens in the future.

This event has finished

NatureArt Lab School Holiday Program – What is that? ended on Friday 31 January 2020.

Visit the What's on page for current and upcoming events.

28–31 January, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm — Banks Building

Have fun exploring the Gardens with NatureArt Lab’s exciting school holiday program!

With different topics each day, children will learn all about our local flora and fauna through hands-on art, craft and science activities.

Our theme for January is WHAT IS THAT?! - Exploring the oddities of the natural world. Our goal is to build children’s curiosity and compassion by asking questions, observing and journaling about the creatures we share our home with in a fun and friendly environment.


Programs are specially designed for children aged 5–12 years. Bookings are essential.

Holiday themes:

  • Tuesday 28th January
  • Wednesday 29th January
  • Thursday 30th January
  • Friday 31st January

All materials and art supplies are provided, children must bring a hat, drink bottle and packed lunch.

NatureArt Lab offers a high quality educational art program for children, run by experienced educators, science communicators and artists. We aim to support enquiry-based learning, outdoor activities, skills for life and an emphasis on the art-science interface!



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28–31 January, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm


Banks Building