Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Interactive Learning

Digital education at the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

Based on extensive research, the Interactive Learning Project uses technology to bring plant science to the classroom with interactive learning programs for students Stages 1 to 6.

Video-conferenced lessons are available on Fridays and other days by arrangement from the Australian PlantBank. During 45 minute sessions, students can learn about plant science from simple seed germination to contemporary conservation research, and interact with our scientists.


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Syllabus Link

Solanum seed germination

Seed Stories

Discover more about seeds and their journey through our PlantBank facility where they are researched, studied and stored for future use. Learn about the importance of seeds within a plant life cycle. Explore a variety of seeds and discover more about their amazing features. Learn about plant life cycles and seed dispersal (helicopters, gliders, floaters and hitchhikers).


  • Stages 1 & 2
    Living World
Grassland fire

Environment Survival

What is special about our Australian weather?  How do Australian plants survive in the extremes of the environment? Practice your weather reporting skills using data from our weather station at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. Learn what special features plants have to survive the extremes of bushfires.

  • Stage 3
    Living World

Sustainable Gardening

Join us to find out more about sustainable gardening practices for your school garden. Our botanic garden educator will guide students through some activities that will help encourage students to be sustainable in the garden as well as exploring the intriguing world of plants.

  • Stage 1 to 3
    Living World

Plant Classification

This lesson will focus on classifying five plant groups live from the Australian PlantBank  at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan Students will learn about identifying and comparing structural differences between these plant groups. Live specimens from the following plant  groups will be demonstrated through and microscopes

  • algae
  • mosses and liverworts
  • ferns
  • conifers
  • flowering plants
  • Stage 4
    Living World
Citrus garrawayi

Aboriginal Use of Plants

This video conference provides a perspective on how plants have been used by Aboriginal people for food, medicine, tools and weapons.

Students will also gain an appreciation of Aboriginal perspectives in relation to sustainability and bush care and given opportunity to identify and understand several different plants and their uses.

  • Cross-curricular links

iPad discovery excursions will soon be available at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. Students can explore the fascinating world of plants outside in the Cumberland Plain Woodland, using the iPad as a learning tool.

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