Facilitated Programs. Years 11-12

Join us in our living classroom to discover Australia's rich natural and cultural heritage. Explore the connections between people, plants, and animals through inquiry-based exploration and hands-on learning experiences.

  • Booking and pricing

    Bookings are essential for all Education programs including self guided programs. Large groups are welcome. Please contact the education office to discuss how we can facilitate your group.

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  • Around Oz in an Hour

    Up to 60 students | 1 hour duration
    Have you ever walked across Australia in an hour?
    Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Australia's ecosystems from subtropical rainforests to the arid red centre and more as you explore how the Australian environment has shaped our unique plants.

    • Resources

      Download 'Rainforest Gully (teacher notes PDF - 593 KB)
      Download Plants of the Mallee Shrublands (teacher notes PDF - 635 KB)

      Years 11 and 12
      Ecosystems are diverse, composed of varied habitats and can be described in terms of their component species, species interactions and the abiotic factors that make up the environment (ACSBL019)
      Relationships and interactions between species in ecosystems include predation, competition, symbiosis and disease (ACSBL020)

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  • Botanist Apprentice

    Maximum 50 students | 1-1.5 hour duration (dependant on program components)
    Want some hardcore botany or science? We design the program for your needs!

    • Speak to our Education Officer about elements to include in your program:
      Plant identification - Classification, major Australian families, herbarium specimens, microscope dissections and using keys

      Plant Structures - discover the strategies plant use to grow and survive through investigating under the microscope seeds, leaves, stems and flowers.
      Horticulture - from pre-treatment of seed, to sowing, aftercare, transplanting and cuttings, learn how our Horticulturalists manage the Gardens
      Photosynthesis - learn the ins and outs of plant respiration and why we need them to survive

      Resources

      The Plant Kingdom
      Common Australian Plant Families
      Propagating Australian Plants


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  • Pond Dipping - Aquatic ecosystems and indicator species

    25 students, sessions able to be run 30 mins apart | 1 hour duration
    Conduct a survey of the aquatic ecosystems in the ANBG. Use simple keys to identify some of our macroinvertebrates and aquatic plant life and learn about how abiotic factors can influence the health of our ponds.

    • Year 11 and 12
      Biology Unit
      Conduct investigations, including using ecosystem surveying techniques, safely, competently and methodically for the collection of valid and reliable data (ACSBL003)
      Select, construct and use appropriate representations, including classification keys, food webs and biomass pyramids, to communicate conceptual understanding, solve problems and make predictions (ACSBL006)
      Biological classification is hierarchical and based on different levels of similarity of physical features, methods of reproduction and molecular sequences (ACSBL016)
      Ecosystems are diverse, composed of varied habitats and can be described in terms of their component species, species interactions and the abiotic factors that make up the environment (ACSBL019)
      Relationships and interactions between species in ecosystems include predation, competition, symbiosis and disease (ACSBL020)
      Keystone species play a critical role in maintaining the structure of the community; the impact of a reduction in numbers or the disappearance of keystone species on an ecosystem is greater than would be expected based on their relative abundance or total biomass (ACSBL024)

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  • Twilight

    Maximum 75 students (please contact Education Office to book larger groups) | 1 ½ hour
    Unlock the Garden gates and shine a spotlight into a whole new world. Experience the sounds, smells and textures of the Gardens in the dark as you explore the rainforest to the red centre. Uncover the stories of our native plants, spy for nocturnal wildlife then share your discoveries over a hot Milo and biscuits (optional extra).

    • Great evening activity for local and interstate schools, scouts, guides and youth groups.

      session times: 6:30pm, 7:00pm or 7.30pm. Be aware that summer 6:30 programs will finish prior to sunset. Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.

      Contact Pollen to dine at dusk before your tour.
      Telephone: 02 6247 7321 | email: hello@pollencafe.com.au

      Years 11 and 12 Ecosystems are diverse, composed of varied habitats and can be described in terms of their component species, species interactions and the abiotic factors that make up the environment (ACSBL019)
      Relationships and interactions between species in ecosystems include predation, competition, symbiosis and disease (ACSBL020)

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