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Invertebrate Safari - Stage 1

Invertebrates are everywhere! Students will explore different habitats in the Botanic Garden to find these amazing creatures, observe their external features and discover how they change as they grow. Plus, they’ll get hands-on when making their own invertebrate from natural materials to take home.

Learning Activities

  • Students will investigate pond life using dipnets to collect water invertebrates and observe their features and life changes.
  • They will conduct a bug hunt to investigate which land invertebrates live in the Botanic Garden and use ID charts to identify and describe what they find.
  • Students also get to meet our resident stick-insects, learn about their amazing features and life cycle before creating an invertebrate using clay and loose parts.


Stage 1


Visitor Centre


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Describe the external features of a variety of invertebrates they find in the Botanic Garden. 
  • Identify and group land invertebrates using their external features, for example: worms, insects and spiders.
  • Identify that invertebrates live in different places that suit their needs.
  • Explore how water and land invertebrates change and have offspring similar to themselves.
  • Use field work techniques to safely and responsibility collect animals for observation.
Syllabus Outcomes

Focus Syllabus Outcomes

SCIENCE - Living World  
Describes observable features of living things and their environments (ST1-4LW-S)  

Supported Syllabus Outcomes

SCIENCE - Working Scientifically  
Observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas (ST1-1WS-S)
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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 Dharug people and their continuing custodianship of this land, Mount Tomah (Tomah is the Dharug name for tree fern). We pay our respects to the Dharug Elders past, present and emerging.