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National Science Week in the Gardens 10 – 18 August 2013

Celebrate National Science Week at the Australian National Botanic Gardens with a range of fun and interactive experiences for people of all ages.

How do plants become separate species? Public Program

Get hands on and discover the tricks plants use to spread their progeny. Investigate how different methods affect plant distribution and evolution of new species over time.

Learn skills in taking herbarium specimens, using a plant identification key, how to make a seed collection, basic theory of plant & fruit identification, plant dispersal methods and basic genetics.

When: Saturday 17 August and Sunday 18 August 2013
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Cost: Free | Bookings required| Family friendly   

How do plants become separate species? Schools Program

Get hands on and discover the tricks plants use to spread their progeny. Investigate how different methods affect plant distribution and evolution over time.

Learn skills in taking herbarium specimens, using a plant identification key, how to make a seed collection, basic theory of plant & fruit identification, plant dispersal mechanisms and basic genetics.

When: Monday, August 12 2013 through Friday, August 16 2013.
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Cost: Free | School Bookings Required | 6250 9540

Botanical Resource Centre & Education Centre Open Days

Explore the science behind the Gardens in this interactive 'open house' weekend full of activities at the Botanical Resource Centre (BRC) and Education Centre .

The Botanical Resource Centre (BRC) is a public reference herbarium which houses native and naturalised plant specimens from ACT, the Southern Tablelands, Australian Alps and the South Coast. With assistance from trained facilitators, participants will have full access to study major plant groups with supplied equipment including interactive identification tools .

The Education Centre, normally available only to pre-booked school groups, will open its doors to the general public with hands on activities and demonstrations on the science behind the gardens including pollination, water creatures and bush foods.

When: Saturday 17 August and Sunday 18 August 2013
Time: 11.00am - 3.00pm
Cost: Free | Family friendly 

Interactive Gardens Science Trail

Outdoor science engagement for the whole family with a hands-on self guided trail investigating science at the Gardens.Get intimate with some of the world's smallest plants, appreciate artwork from nature's talented grafitti artists, 'scratch and sniff' some heady plant aromas and discover where paddle pop sticks come from.

A hands-on self guided trail investigating the science behind the Gardens' plants. Pick up your guide from the Visitors Centre and head out on a path of discovery.

When: 10 – 18 August
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Age: All ages
Cost: Free

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