Post by Michael Connor, Wollongong Botanic Garden
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.
As with any Botanic Gardens, we offer a wide range of educational activities across a variety of age ranges. Some are more successful and/or popular than others. When you look at the community education activities that are most popular – regardless of age – odds on they include a blend of art and science.
Despite popular opinion that one is either an arty person or a science nerd, there has long been a close association between the two disciplines. Both art and science are ways in which humans investigate and explore their environment in an attempt to understand and describe the world around us. Scientists and artists may use different methodologies and appeal to different audiences, but the motivations and goals are essentially the same.
In fact, science and art has a long history of successful collaboration. The ancient Greek word for art was techne, from which the words technique and technology are derived—terms that are equally applicable to both scientific and artistic practices. Continue reading “Science and Art”
There are many facets to a botanic gardens. Visitors enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the outdoor space and engaging with the plant displays. Children like to explore for plants and animals that inhabit a garden.
To cater for a child’s inquisitive mind the Australian National Botanic Gardens has recently opened a children’s trails – Who Did That? The trail uses animal models and interactive signage to explore the relationship between animals and plants.
The trail was developed by Gardens’ Visitor Services Ranger Katy Penman and features beautiful artwork and poetry created by Katy. Examples of Katy’s artwork and words can be seen in accompanying images. The use of original artwork is a highlight of this trail.
We hope you get the chance to enjoy the Who Did That? children’s trail.
What are you planning for the BGANZ Open Day 2017? Share your ideas and thoughts in the comments – it would be great to hear about your programmes. We’ve got a line-up of scheduled activities as well as some self-guided trails that we are highlighting. The Department of Conservation (DOC) will also be joining us.
Our autumn display at the Auckland Botanic Gardens is all about which plants are in our foods, and the importance of plants in the world. The display runs from mid-March to May. It will include a large visitor centre display of 2.4m high groceries (photos to come), videos of crop and food production, a kid’s trail (all about pizza!), a painted mural on one of our walls and interactive activities throughout our visitor centre (such as a ‘spice tour’ of spices under the microscope, a snack station featuring the plant ingredients in our snacks and a garden party ‘sniffer station’ to engage the senses and guess the plants used to make some of our favourite party foods).
The aim of the display is to highlight the importance of plants, and to encourage visitors to grow some simple food plants at home. Continue reading “Which plants are in our foods?”
By Kate Adams, Visitor Experience Co-ordinator, Australian National Botanic Garden
There is always something new and exciting to do at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Our afterDARK programs are great fun for the whole family and over the Spring season many visitors enjoyed our Scavenger Hunts. Families gathered for a night-time botanical scavenger hunt and by following clues they discovered treasures and treats while learning about our fantastic plant, animal and insect life.
We have a summer of fun and exciting activities planned for our visitors including Sunset Cinema, the annual Summer Sounds Concert Series and Luminous Botanicus III. Join us and enjoy one of the many great events on offer this summer. For more details check out the What’s On at http://www.parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/whats-on.html