Join our rangers in our living classroom to discover one third of Australia's plant species and a wide range of Australian ecosystems through inquiry based exploration and hands-on learning experiences.

Information for teachers and how to book can be found on our For schools page.

  • Sally - Cultivating young minds and connecting kids with nature

    With the entire Gardens as her office, education ranger Sally's average day might involve searching for tadpoles, identifying magnified minibeasts, learning about lichen, getting her hands dirty digging for worms, and spotlighting possums at night.

    • Most importantly she uses these experiences to engage, inspire, and teach the 12,000 school students that pass through our gates each year. Her favourite part of her job is seeing students faces light up as they get elbow-deep in one of the many Australian Curriculum-linked learning programs we offer. For her, working with such a diversity of school students in the dynamic Gardens environment is extremely rewarding and exceptionally fun.

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  • Dan - Talking to visitors from all over the world

    Visitors services ranger Dan Carmody unlocks the gates each morning and locks them again at night - and in between he can be found keeping the Gardens safe, talking to visitors about Australian plants, rescuing injured wildlife, leading AfterDark spotlighting tours, or perhaps driving less able-bodied visitors around on the Flora Explorer.

    • It's no wonder Dan says his ranger role is always exciting - he loves talking to visitors from all over Australia and the world, answering questions about our unique environment and learning about landscapes around the world. Visitors are particularly interested in the resilience of Australian plants - and often tell Dan their country has less dangerous animals! His easy-going friendly nature make him a favourite with visitors and staff alike and he is always ready to lend a hand.

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