Over 340 Australian native animals call tree hollows home. Presented by Abbie Mitchell, the author of A Hollow is a Home, this workshop provides an understanding of how an ecosystem works as students explore the roles, adaptations & needs of an eclectic group of mammals, birds, reptiles & frogs, united in their dependence on a tree hollow.
Watch presenter Abbie Mitchell discuss her book A Hollow is a Home on CBA Curious Creatures, Wild Minds at Taronga by clicking here (30mins). 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.
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 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.
- Students will view a fascinating display of items including hollows, and animal evidence (scats, tracks and traces) that stimulates curiosity and reinforces essential environmental themes
- They will get hands-on building a nest box for specific hollow-dependent species to be taken back to school with you (one per class)
- Students also explore the Royal Botanic Garden looking for tree hollows and other evidence of animal habitat