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Explore the role of science in plant conservation

Examine Western Australian biodiversity, the science behind conservation and the role of Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Students work as biologist using current scientific techniques and case studies in this two hour program.

  1. Seed Science and Conservation

    Visit a bushland site to collect seed for rehabilitation and identify plants using the correct collecting and recording techniques to create a herbarium specimen. Learn how to clean, dry and store seeds for future propagation. Discuss current technologies in seed conservation, seed dormancy and seed banking.

  2. Fire Ecology and Adaptations

    Observe the unique features and adaptations of native flora that enable them to survive in the harsh Australian environment. Discuss current Kings Park Science research in fire ecology. Learn how plants in Perth’s banksia woodlands respond to fire and how this can help scientists in land management. Discuss Aboriginal knowledge of controlled burning and land management. Investigate the role of smoke water to promote seed germination of native seeds, then using scientific principles, design an experiment to test the effectiveness of smoke water.

*Bring your tablets or smart phones to collect data on the day.

Note: Tours of the Kings Park Plant Science Laboratories in the Biodiversity Conservation Centre and Western Australian Seed Technology Centre are by special request only. Restrictions and conditions apply.

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

Location: Kings Park Education Centre

Bookings are essential and fees apply. Event pricing applies for this program.

Please refer to the Kings Park Education Cancellation Policy before booking this program.

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Tags: Year level: 11,12
Stream: STEM
WA Curriculum links: Biology (ATAR 11-12),Geography (ATAR 11-12),Integrated Science (Unit 2)
Program type: School program,School event
Maximum duration: 120 minutes

Naturescape closed February

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be closed from Monday, 1 February 2021 until Tuesday, 2 March 2021.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden in February-March 2021 due to concert events.

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Farewell and thank you Grady and Lesley

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) would like to extend a sincere thank you and farewell to two of our longest serving staff members, Lesley Hammersley and Grady Brand who will retire from the Authority in December 2020.

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