Watch this entertaining video and prepare to be inspired!
The Recycled Discovery Garden showcases a fun new approach to educating about sustainability at Wollongong Botanic Garden, especially for young visitors. This garden features quirky growing containers, such as used furniture, old bird cages and car tyres. The aim of the garden is to inspire children to get up close and engage with the flowers and edible plants. It gives them some understanding of where food comes from.
Looking for ideas for school holiday programmes? Maybe there’s an activity on this programme you’d like to recreate. If you’d like more details on a specific activity, let me know in the comments and I’d be very happy to create a step-by-step blog post on it.
The BGANZ Congress is just around the corner! If you haven’t registered yet, don’t delay, it’s going to be a great event.
The BGEN committee invites you to an interactive BGEN workshop on Monday 23 October at 4.15pm. If you are involved in the areas of education, interpretation, visitor and public programs, outreach and community engagement, and adult learning this workshop is for you. You’ll get to meet fellow botanic garden educators and share best practice, get excellent ideas and inspiration, and learn why BGEN is a valuable forum for sharing experiences and resources.
The workshop will be collaborative and high-energy, you’ll leave inspired with new ideas and new connections. Bring along examples of projects and ideas you’d like to share and we’ll learn from each other.
A great school holiday programme activity is a native plant survival challenge. We simply pick a selection of specific native plants (or print some photos of certain ones if we can’t get hold of them e.g. flowers or fruit depending on the time of the year). These native plants are laid out on a table, and kids with their families have to match which plants are used for which activities in the bush. E.g. Rangiora leaves (Brachiglottis) is used as toilet paper – which as you can imagine the kids love to learn.
We set up six sets of the same activity to handle large numbers of people.
At the end of the challenge, kids are encouraged to draw a picture of what they would take into the bush, which we then add to a portfolio they leave with us, or take home with them.
Kids and parents alike love learning about how useful native plants are, and always enjoy this activity as a family. It’s simple, cheap (we created the cards once and use them repeatedly) and a wonderful way to enthuse visitors about plants.