Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Snakes Alive! ended on Sunday 21 January 2018.

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The gardens at night. Photo by Irene Lorbergs

Photography afterDARK

Fridays 26 October, 9 November, 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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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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Treasures in Timber box

Treasures in Timber exhibition and workshops

Thursday 4 October to Monday 8 October, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm — Crosbie Morrison Building

Discover the best work of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Woodcraft Guild in the annual ACT Woodcraft Guild members’ competition and exhibition 2018.

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15 - 21 January 2018, 10.00 am-4.00 pm. Feeding times 10.30 am and 1.00 pm daily — Crosbie Morrison Building

A live exhibition showcasing a variety of Australian reptiles and amphibians, many of which are threatened, endangered and very rarely seen in the wild or captivity. Special focus this year on Pythons: best practice care and husbandry.

The exhibition includes species local to the ACT and Southern Tablelands region, such as the highly endangered Northern Corroboree Frog (Pseudophryne** corroboree) and threatened species such as the Grassland Earless Dragon (Tympanocryptis pinguicolla) and Striped Legless Lizard (Delma impar).

Presented by the ACT Herpetological Association (ACTHA) in partnership with the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG).

Members of the public receive an exceptional educational experience with the opportunity to learn about reptiles and amphibians in a hands-on way from dedicated ACT Herpetological Association volunteers.

Funds raised through Snakes Alive! give ACTHA the opportunity to make donations to support regional conservation issues such as the Northern and Southern Corroboree Frog breeding programs and projects aimed at furthering reptile and amphibian protection and recovery, education, training, and research projects.


15 - 21 January 2018, 10.00 am-4.00 pm. Feeding times 10.30 am and 1.00 pm daily


Crosbie Morrison Building


Adults $6, Concession $5, children $4