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Hollow Heroes - Stages 2 & 3

Did you know that over 340 Australian native animals call tree hollows home? Presented by Abbie Mitchell, the author of A Hollow is a Home, this workshop will develop understanding of how an ecosystem works. 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 in the nearby gardens to look for tree hollows and evidence of animals. A map and other activity resources will be provided for the self-guided 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.

Learning Activities

  • Students will view a fascinating display of items including hollows, and animal evidence (scats, tracks and traces) to stimulate curiosity and reinforce 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 habitats


Stage 2 & 3 Geography and Science & Technology


Rathborne Lodge


2 hours


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

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Key Content
  • Describing the growth and survival of living things (diversity, needs, behaviour, interdependence and life cycles).
  • Using key vocabulary to describe the unique adaptations of living things (structural and behavioural features).
  • Exploring how sustainably managing environments benefits all living things.
  • Responding to essential environmental themes appropriate to each Stage. 
  • Selecting appropriate materials to meet design criteria for making a nest box.
Syllabus Outcomes

Focus 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)


  • 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)
Plan Your Excursion
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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.