Skip to content

Survive and Thrive - Stage 3

It’s not just your favourite superheroes who have special powers – plants pack quite a punch too. Their mission? To survive and thrive!

In this virtual session, students will work with a Gardens educator to examine a range of plants from contrasting environments, learning all about the amazing adaptations – or ‘superpowers’ - that enable them to grow and survive. From arid deserts to temperate rainforests, students will fine tune their scientific skills as they learn to identify the weird and wonderful adaptations that helps plants thrive in these challenging environments. At the end of the session, students can follow along with a live demonstration, completing a scientific illustration of a plant specimen found in their home, backyard or school.

Learning Activities

  • Students will investigate how physical conditions affect the survival of plants
  • Compare the structural and behavioural adaptations between plants in rainforest and arid environments 
  • Perform a scientific investigation by completing an illustration of a plant specimen


Stage 3 Science


1 hour


Click here. Discounts apply for multiple class groups booked into the same session

More information

Key Content
  • Investigating how physical conditions effect the survival of plants. 
  • Examining the structural and behavioural adaptations that support the survival of plants in rainforest and arid environments. 
  • Performing a scientific investigation to draw a scientific diagram. 
  • Applying reasoning to draw conclusions. 
Syllabus Outcomes


  • Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions (ST3-1WS-S) 
  • Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things (ST3-4LW-S) 
Plan Your Virtual Excursion
Got a question? For all the information you need to plan your virtual excursion with us please click here

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.