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Biological Diversity Study Days

Students will examine fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to understand biological diversity by explaining the relationships between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species.

This program has been developed by the Gardens, Australian Museum and Taronga Zoo to meet aspects of the new NSW Stage 6 Biology Syllabus for Module 3: Biological Diversity.

Provide your students with an opportunity to explore complex aspects of this topic by engaging in inspiring activities with NSW's top scientific institutions.


Biological Diversity Study Days 2021

We will be delivering sessions for Stage 6 Biology students in Sydney and regional locations in 2021, as well as a new video conference option.

Sydney CBD (Australian Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens)
17 - 20 May
21 - 25 June

Campbelltown (Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan)
2, 4 - 6 August
9 - 12 August

Mosman (Taronga Zoo Sydney)
31 May - 1 June
3 - 4 June

Blue Mountains (Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mt Tomah)
29 July

Dubbo (Taronga Western Plains Zoo)
9 - 10 June

Coffs Harbour (North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens)
16 - 18 June

Online (video conference)
25 March
24 May
27 July

See here for details and booking information for each program site.


Stage 6


Visitor Centre

Bookings for 2020 will open in Week 2 of Term 4 2019.

The Biological Study Days are also available at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. 

More information about the program's dates can be found at the Australian Museum website.

What Happens?

The Study Day comprises three educator-led sessions of 75 minutes each.

A Blue Mountains Botanic Garden educator leads a session where students will engage in primary and secondary investigations using the Garden’s native Australian flora to discover cutting edge botanic science developments. Collaborative inquiry based projects using critical and creative thinking will develop students understanding of biological diversity and the theory of evolution.

Theory of Evolution: an Australian Museum educator-led session. Students perform first-hand investigations of fossils, skeletons and genetic data from Australian animals to learn how comparative anatomy and genetics support the Theory of Evolution.

A Taronga Zoomobile educator provides students the opportunity to engage with live animals while learning about the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. They will explore the impacts that selection pressures have on population dynamics. Students will discover how adaptations increase an organism’s chance of survival while interacting with a selection of Australian animals.

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.