The Wollemi Pine is one of the world's oldest and rarest plants dating back to the time of the dinosaurs, roughly 200 million years ago. Once thought to be extinct, the Botanical Garden has nurtured this unique, critically endangered species. Despite being a long way from the deserts of Australia, the Wollemi is ready to become a key feature of our conversations at the Garden in 2018!
Kindergarten & Grade 1:
Sense-ation Discovery in the Garden.
Students will explore the garden using their senses and discover seasonal the changes around them. We will discuss the Wollemi's unique story and examine its features in comparison to other evergreen trees. Students will encounter extinct reptiles that once roamed the earth - dinosaurs! Observe ducks in their natural habitat on Oxen Pond and compare their living characteristics to dinosaurs. We'll conclude the trip by linking it all together, with conservation.
Grade 2 to Grade 4:
Nature Explorers: Plants versus Animals.
Students will compare the features of plants and animals. Discuss their life cycles, as well as their seasonal and growth changes. We will discuss the Wollemi's unique story and examine its features in comparison to other evergreen trees. Students will encounter extinct reptiles that once roamed the earth - dinosaurs! Discuss extinction and conservation linking the Wollemi and dinosaurs together. Students will reduce, reuse, and recycle and put what they've learned into action by planting a seed. They'll investigate the composition of compost and soil. Analyze the features of dinosaurs including their habitats and communities, how they move and eat and classify them accordingly. Students will bring the concepts together through a web of life activity.
The Diversity of Life in the Garden
Only available as a full or half day program, the Botanical Garden is full of diverse life ripe for exploring. Students will investigate different animal kingdoms within the garden, comparing vertebrates and invertebrates, and discovering how microorganisms help our compost. Students will also discover some prehistoric creatures who are making a special appearance in the garden this year- dinosaurs. We’ll examine our Dinosaur Tree, the Wollemi Pine and discuss adaptation and natural selection to our environment.
Only available as a full or half day program, the Botanical Garden is ideal to explore ecosystems. Students will explore beyond the Garden, in order to investigate different types of ecosystems, their components, and their interactions. Students will hike to our look off, explore succession and examine the area to see if they can hypothesize which areas of our property were affected by the different disasters. Students will also get a sneak peek at our Dinosaur Tree, the Wollemi Pine and discuss its story of survival.
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