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.
- Seed Science
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.
- Biodiversity, Adaptations and Conservation
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 and our role in the conservation of critically endangered plants. Bring your tablets or smart phones to document specimens for use in identification. Investigate the role of smoke water in promoting seed germination, then using scientific principles design an experiment to test the effectiveness of smoke water on different native seeds.
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. Guided tours are in addition to the Science of Conservation program and group sizes are limited.
'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.