Facilitated Programs. Years 3-6

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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  • Using Bush Plants - Indigenous food, medicine and tools

    Maximum 60 students | 1 hour duration
    Explore Australian plants and landscapes through the eyes of Indigenous Australians.

    • Experience our indigenous handling collection and discover how our plants can provide everything needed for life; food medicine and tools. Discover how native plants are used today.

      Year 3 Science
      Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
      researching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's knowledge of the local natural environment, such as the characteristics of plants and animals

      Yr 4 History
      What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?

      Year 6 Science
      Important contributions to the advancement of science have been made by people from a range of cultures (ACSHE099)
      learning how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, such as the medicinal and nutritional properties of Australian plants, is being used as part of the evidence base for scientific advances

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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)

      Year 3
      Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from nonliving things (ACSSU044)

      Year 4
      Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)

      Year 5
      Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

      Year 6
      The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

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  • Budding Botanist - Growing plants: Germination, flowers and photosynthesis

    Max 50 students | 1 hour duration

    What special tricks do plants use to grow and survive in different environments? Get hands on and discover how to germinate Australian seeds, investigate the different parts of plants under the microscope and discover the Gardens role in conservation of Australia's Flora.

    • Resources

      The Plant Kingdom
      Common Australian Plant Families
      Propagating Australian Plants

      Year 3
      Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from nonliving things (ACSSU044)

      Year 4
      Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)

      Year 5
      Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

      Year 6
      The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

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  • Pond Dipping - Habitats and Lifecycles

    25 students, sessions able to be run 30 mins apart | 1 hour duration
    Investigate the teaming life in a fresh water pond. Who feeds on who? Analyse your catch macroscopically and then see every hair and claw with our microscopes. Classify and categorise your findings into a simple food web.

    • Year 3
      Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from nonliving things (ACSSU044)
      Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS215)

      Year 4
      Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)
      Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
      Safely use appropriate materials, tools or equipment to make and record observations, using formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS066)
      Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS216)

      Year 5
      Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
      Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks (ACSIS088)
      Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218)

      Year 6
      The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
      Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena (ACSHE098)
      Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks (ACSIS105)
      Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS221)

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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 Floresco in the Gardens to dine at dusk before your tour.
      Telephone: 02 6162 6707 | email: enquiries@hellenicpremiumcatering.com.au

      Year 3
      Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from nonliving things (ACSSU044)

      Year 4
      Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

      Year 5
      Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

      Year 6
      The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

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