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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.

Stages

Stage 6

Location

Visitor Centre

Duration

2 hours

Availability

This program will only be run at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden on 7 and 8 August 2019.

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

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.

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