In conjunction with the Macquarie Experience program (secondary level), the Junior Science Academy and Peninsula schools program (primary level), and the Department of Biological Sciences, the Arboretum has developed a number of activities that complement the curriculum and enhance the study of plant and ecosystem science outside the classroom.
Plant of the Week display
Each week Alison and Kevin Downing, with assistance from Roger Hiller and Brian Atwell, prepare a Plant of the Week display. The display presents information about a different species each week, and includes information on:
- description of the plant - form, height, leaf colour and shape, flowers etc
- origin and evolutionary history
- preferred environment, ecology and physiology
- use to people - shelter, food medicine etc
- special relationships with other plants of animals
The display can be found in the ground floor foyer of building E8C (6 Wally's Walk).
Junior Science Experience - Bush Tucker Garden
This session involves a walk around the Bush Tucker garden at Macquarie University. Students will be taught by a local sustainability teacher about the practical uses of gardens with a focus on how foods grow in the garden and how they are used as food and medicine. There is also the opportunity for students to touch and smell plant material.
Living things have basic needs, including food and water – ACSSU002
Living things live in different places where their needs are met - ACSSU211
Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events - ACSHE021
Describes observable features of living things and their environment – ST1-4LW-S
Observes, questions and collects data to communicate ideas – Ste-1WS-S
Dendrochronology is the art of interpreting tree rings to date wood tissues and document past events
The display can be found in the ground floor foyer of Building E8C (6 Wally's Walk) Biological Sciences). It was prepared by Associate Professor Brian Atwell.
Read more about Dendrochronology
Plant Evolution walk
The Plant Evolution Walk showcases the evolutionary history of plants and incorporates both the Biology and Earth Science gardens. It covers the major advances in plant evolution, from their ancestral beginnings through to the special adaptations found in Australian plants. Most plants featured on this walk will have remained relatively unchanged for millions of years - they look almost identical to very old fossils. It provides an opportunity to explore plant evolution through extant (still living) plants. This walk moves from plants with the most ancestral (oldest) plant forms to the most recently evolved, highlighting significant advances in plant form and function.
This walk is marked with signs and begins on Science Road on the northern side of E8B (6 Science Road).