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Explore the role of science in plant conservation

Discuss Western Australian biodiversity, conservation and the role Kings Park and Botanic Garden plays. Visit a bushland site to observe plant adaptations and undertake the scientific processes of plant identification, correct recording and creating a herbarium specimen.

A tour of the plant science facilities provides the opportunity to observe and discuss the current work of our scientists and horticulturists.

'The students enjoyed the hands-on aspect, the seed handling and being in situ in the Science Lab' - Year 12 Teacher

Outcomes

By the end of this program, the students will

  • Learn about areas of science focus at Kings Park (Restoration ecology, Conservation Seed Science/ Propagation Science, Conservation Genetics, Conservation Biotechnology, Marine/Ecology Restoration)
  • Visit a glasshouse, seed store and science lab to see scientists at work, meet with a plant breeder to discuss crossbreeding to produce new varieties or lines with desirable properties, and controlled pollination
  • Investigate biodiversity in Western Australia
  • Discover the science behind tissue culture, seed biology and seed x-rays.

Bookings are essential and fees apply.

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Tags: Year level: 11,12
Curriculum links: Science,Sustainability
Program type: Education program
Maximum duration: 120 minutes