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Hollow Heroes - Stages 2 & 3

For over 340 Australian Native Animals a Hollow is a Home. Presented by Abbie Mitchell, the author of A Hollow is a Home, this workshop provides an understanding of how an ecosystem works as it explores the roles, adaptations & needs of an eclectic group of mammals, birds, reptiles & frogs, united in their dependence on a tree hollow. Aligned to meet NSW Science and Geography syllabus for Stage 2 or 3. This excursion features a vibrant presentation and fun activities, stimulates curiosity and reinforces essential environmental themes appropriate for each stage. Students get hands-on building a nest box for specific hollow dependent species and explore the Royal Botanic Garden for tree hollows and evidence of animals - supports Stage 2 or 3 NSW 3-6 Science and Technology, and Geography syllabus.

Watch presenter Abbie Mitchell discuss her book A Hollow is a Home on CBA Curious Creatures, Wild Minds at Taronga by clicking here. Abbie’s Children’s Book Council Shortlisted book, A Hollow is a Home is an excellent supporting resource for pre and post learning to this workshop. If you wish to purchase a copy for your school please click here.

Learning Activities

  • Participate in an interactive presentation about Australian animals that require tree hollows
  • Collaboratively build a range of nest boxes for different species – one to take back to school with you per class
  • Observe a fascinating display of items including hollows, and animal evidence (scats, tracks and traces)
  • Explore the Gardens looking for tree hollows and evidence of animals


Stage 2 & 3 Geography and Science & Technology


The Calyx


2 hours


Click here. Minimum charges apply. Discounts apply for full day programs!

More information

Key Content
  • Growth and survival of living things (diversity, needs, behaviour, interdependence and life cycles)
  • Adaptations of living things (structural and behavioural features)
  • How sustainably managing environments benefit all living things
Syllabus Outcomes


  • Places are similar and different (GE2 – 1,2,3)
  • The Earth’s environment (GE2 – 1,2,3)
  • Factors that shape places (GE3 – 1,2,3)

Science & Technology

  • Living world (ST2-4LW-S, ST2- 2DP-T)
  • Material world (ST2-2DP-T)
  • Living world (ST3-2DP-T, ST3-4LW-S)
  • Material world (ST3-2DP-T)
Contact Us
For more information on our programs please contact us on programs.info@bgcp.nsw.gov.au 

Please note this is a special program run by Kids Connecting Nature and has a different format to other Royal Botanic Garden excursion programs. For each 2 hour booking you will receive approximately 1.5 hours of face-to-face presentation and workshop, and given approximately 30 minutes for a self-guided walk of the nearby gardens to look for tree hollows and evidence of animals. A map and activity resources will be provided for this part of the excursion.

Minimum number of classes per booking: 2
Maximum number of classes per 2 hour session: 2
Sessions can be run back to back if you require more than 2 classes per day.

Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 
•    ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
•    demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
•    inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.


We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.