Facilitated Programs. Years 7-10

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)

      Year 7
      There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)

      Year 9
      Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)

      Year 10
      The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (ACSSU185)

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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 7
      There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)
      Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)

      Year 9
      Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)

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  • Using bush plants: Indigenous food, medicine, and tools

    Maximum 60 students | 1 hour duration
    Discover how indigenous land management practices have shapes Australia ecosystems. Explore how fire has been used by indigenous people and its impact of the distribution of key Australian plant species.

    • Year 7 Science
      Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)
      researching specific examples of human activity, such as the use of fire by traditional Aboriginal people and the effects of palm oil harvesting in Sumatra and Borneo
      Science knowledge can develop through collaboration and connecting ideas across the disciplines of science (ACSHE223)
      investigating how land management practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can help inform sustainable management of the environment

      Year 8 Science
      Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management (ACSHE136)
      Investigating how Aboriginal people recognise relationships in ecosystems by burning to promote new growth, attract animals and afford easier hunting and food gathering

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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

      Year 7
      There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)
      Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)

      Year 8
      Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)
      investigating strategies implemented to maintain part of the local environment, such as bushland, a beach, a lake, a desert or a shoreline

      Year 9
      Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)

      Year 10
      The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (ACSSU185)

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