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Place Detectives - Stage 1

Students will explore the natural and human features of the Botanic Garden. They’ll embark on a detective walk, complete various mapping activities, and connect with different environments through engaging sensory activities. Throughout the excursion, students will use geographic information and tools to interpret the Garden. 

Learning Activities

  • Students will embark on a treasure hunt in our nature play area using a simple map - can you find the secret symbols?

  • They will take on the role of a detective to discover the features of the Connection Garden

  • Students will also explore the Fruit Loop garden, learning about the way plants are used, and mapping their experience


Stage 1 Geography


The Bowden Centre


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Exploring special places in the Garden to learn about the way plants are used by people. 
  • Investigating natural and human features of the Garden e.g. buildings, playground, garden beds, lakes and ponds. 
  • Consideration of how a place can be cared for, eg what we can do, what our horticulturalists do. 
  • Representing plants on a map of their learning area.  
  • Mapping the key features of the Nature Play area in the Australian Botanic Garden. 
Syllabus Outcomes

Focus Syllabus Outcomes

Describes features of places and the connections people have with places (GE1-1)

Supported Syllabus Outcomes

Identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places (GE1-2)
Communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry (GE1-3)
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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 acknowledge the Dharawal people and their continuing custodianship of this land, Mount Annan (Yandel'ora - meaning place of peace between people). We pay our respects to the Dharawal Elders past, present and emerging.