Australian National Botanic Gardens

Get your hands dirty and find out what plants need to grow and live.

This program lets children investigate the different parts of a plant (such as seeds, leaves, roots and flowers) and discover the lifecycle of an Australian flowering plant.

Students will also plant a native Australian seed to grow as a take-home experiment and answer the questions:

  • What conditions do these seeds need to grow?
  • How long did it take to germinate?
  • Did all the seeds grow at once or were some slower?
  • How many of the seeds that I planted actually grew?
  • Do the first leaves of the germinating plant look the same or different to the adult plant I saw in the Gardens?

The seeds that students plant are suitable for the Canberra climate and will be small-to-medium plants when fully grown.

Suitable for

  • Tick icon Preschool to Year 2

Duration

1 hour

Price

$7.00 per student

Maximum number of students

50

Curriculum links

Foundation

  • ACSSU002: Living things have basic needs, including food and water
  • ACSHE013: Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses
  • ACSIS012: Share observations and ideas.

Year 1

  • ACSSU017: Living things have a variety of external features
  • ACSIS024: Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events
  • ACSIS213: Compare observations with those of others.

Year 2

  • ACSSU030: Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
  • ACSIS037: Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events.