Evolution of Australian Biota Study Day - Mount Annan

A full day outreach program specifically for Stage 6 Biology students. 

Student with Diprotodon fossils

Student with Diprotodon fossils
Photographer: Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum

This full day outreach program was developed by the Australian Musuem, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Students examine fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to investigate the evolution and adaptations of Australian animals and plants. It is held at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.

Educator-led program

The Study Day comprises three educator-led sessions of 65 minutes duration each.

  1. An Australian Museum educator provides an introduction on Australian megafauna then facilitates the Museum session, Learning from fossils. Students work in small groups and perform first-hand investigations using fossils and specimens of Australian animals to compare current and extinct forms. Activities focus on Australian megafauna and on platypus evolution.
  2. An Australian Botanic Garden educator leads a session where students investigate native Australian plants, including living plant fossils, and pollination strategies.
  3. The Taronga Zoomobile and educator visits the Garden allowing students to interact with live animals while learning about the adaptations and evolution of native Australian animals including kangaroos and echidnas. The changing ideas of scientists are also considered with reference to the modern Platypus.

Syllabus links:

  • Biology Stage 6 – detailed syllabus links are in the Teacher Notes for the Mount Annan Study Day.

Booking a Study Day:

  • Bookings are essential: Mount Annan-based Study Days are booked through the Australian Museum Bookings Office:
    Phone the Australian Museum Bookings Office on (02) 9320 6222 or Fax (02) 9320 6072
  • Maximum number of students: 25 per session (3 groups per day) – smaller groups may be combined 
  • Duration: Three 65 minute sessions – usually 9.30 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: $24.20 (incl GST) per student including Garden, Museum and Zoo sessions.
  • Location: The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan (near Narellan and Campbelltown)
  • Botanic Gardens Trust Risk assessment
  • Transport: Coach parking available

Dates available:

  • 4 - 7 August 2015 
  • 10 14 August 2015
Booking changes or cancellations:
  • Decreases or increases in your booked number must be advised by 4 weeks before the excursion date.
  • If the number of students attending the Study Day is significantly lower (by 5 students or more) than expected, the school will be invoiced for the booked number of students. (Your Booking Confirmation form from the Australian Museum will show the booked number expected.)
  • We reserve the right to cancel days/sessions not fully filled and will advise affected groups as soon as possible to try to reschedule. 
Please note:

Evolution of Australian Biota Study Days are also available on selected dates at:

The Australian Museum runs two sessions onsite at the Museum for the Evolution of Australian Biota topic that can also be booked independently throughout the year. These are the educator-led session, Learning from fossils, and the exhibition-based and self-guided session, Evolution, survival and extinction. Booking these sessions at other times during the year allows flexibility in session times, length and content according to each group's particular needs.

 Education Resource Kit

An Education Kit will be posted by the Australian Museum before your booked excursion date.
It includes updated versions (for the current year's program) of the following:

1.  Teacher Notes which are specific for the Evolution of Australian Biota Study Day held at Mount Annan.

2.  Student activities for the three sessions: 

3.  Answers for teachers. (These are posted or provided at the venue.)


Beth Blaxland , Education Project Officer
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