Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australian National Botanic Gardens re-opens to visitors. Read more

Unlock the garden gates and shine a spotlight onto a whole new world.

Visit the Gardens after closing time to experience the sounds, smells and textures of the Gardens in the dark.

Uncover the stories of our native plants and spy for nocturnal wildlife as you explore from the Rainforest Gully to the Red Centre Garden.

You can share your discoveries over a supper of hot chocolate and biscuits (optional, costs $1 extra per student).

  • 1 hour program cost without supper: $10.00
  • 1.5 hour program cost with supper: $11.00

This is a great evening activity for local and interstate schools, scouts, guides and other groups.

Start times are 6.30 pm, 7.00 pm or 7.30 pm. Please note that the 6.30 pm program will finish before sunset during summer.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your group’s scheduled start time.

Suitable for

  • Tick icon Years 3–6
  • Tick icon Years 7–10
  • Tick icon Years 11–12


1 hour (1.5 hours with supper)


$10.00 per student

Maximum number of students


Curriculum links

Year 3

  • ACSSU044: Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things.

Year 4

  • ACSSU073: Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive.

Year 5

  • ACSSU043: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.

Year 6

  • ACSSU094: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment.

Year 7

  • ACSSU111: Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms
  • ACSSU112: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs.

Year 8

  • ACSHE135: Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations.

Year 9

  • ACSSU176: Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems.

Year 10

  • ACSSU185: The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence.

Year 11/12

  • ACSBL019: 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
  • ACSBL020: Relationships and interactions between species in ecosystems include predation, competition, symbiosis and disease.