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Bush Tucker and Native Plants

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​Plants have a significant purpose in the culture, survival and traditional lives of Aboriginal people.  Students will use their senses to investigate a range of native Australian plants and explore the importance of these plants in the lives of Aboriginal people for food, medicine and tools.

Students will be involved in an Aboriginal legend and participate in a hands-on investigation of the importance of native plants in traditional shelter building for Aboriginal people. They will look at different design considerations to suit varying environments and access to available resources.

What happens?

  • Learn about the significance of plants to Aboriginal People.
  • Explore the Botanic Gardens and learn about the variety of plants Aboriginal people used and still used today for bush medicine.
  • Discuss different design considerations when building a shelter to suit the environment.
  • Discover a variety of bush foods in our Bush Tucker Garden
  • Participate in an interactive retelling of an Aboriginal Dreamtime legend.


Stages: ​ES1, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3
Themes: ​Aboriginal Culture, History
Location: ​Wollongong Botanic Garden
Contact ​4227 7667; botanicgarden@wollongong.nsw.gov.au


Curriculum Links

STe-8NE: identifies the basic needs of living things
STe-9ME: identifies that objects are made of materials that have observable properties
STe-4WS: explores their immediate surroundings by questioning, observing using their senses and communicating to share their observations and ideas
GEe-1: identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people
Stage One
HT1-2: identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time
GE1-2: identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places
Stage Two
GE2-2: describes the ways people, places and environments interact
Stage Three
HT3-2: describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time
GE3-2: explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments 
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