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Optional Activities Survey

To assist with conference planning we would like you to indicate the optional activities – walks, workshops or tours – that appeal to you.

This is to give our program team a guide as to what activities are popular and to plan accordingly. Your preference selection will not be made until registration. The deadline for the survey is the end of December, 2018.


Optional Activities Survey

The survey is anonymous, however, we would like you to indicate which State you are from.

(A) MORNING ACTIVITIES TUESDAY/THURSDAY

Please choose FOUR activities. These activities will be after the plenary sessions.
Visit the three nurseries where plants for the Botanic Garden are grown, unusual hybrids and cultivars are developed and volunteer Growing Friends prepare for the mammoth fund-raising plant sales.
Visit the Biodiversity Conservation Centre to learn about the world class conservation genetics and ecology research work done by a large team of scientists in the seed lab, genetics lab, tissue culture and cryostorage facilities.
Our own mycologist enthralls us with stories of the invaluable role of fungi in a healthy diverse ecosystem.
Professor Byron Lamont provides insights into the effect of environment, disturbance and biotic factors in the evolution of our native flora.
Bernice Barry, Georgiana Molloy’s biographer, tells the story of this remarkable botanist, not just WA’s first internationally successful collector, but a pioneer settler in 1829 and a woman ahead of her time.
This 750-year-old boab was transported 3200km from the Kimberley to Kings Park and in 10 years it has become a firm favourite for visitors and residents.
Hear about the challenges and successes in creating a display of south-west WA in the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England.
Some apps for mobile devices could enhance a guided walk. Explore the possibilities with some enthusiastic tech-minded people.
In early 2018 a fire spread through 17ha of bush in Kings Park. The Kings Park Fire Ecology Team conducts a walk to analyse the damage and the recovery process. Includes a brisk 10-minute walk to the site.
Join the Curator of Arboriculture on a walk to discover what it takes to care for thousands of trees in one of the world’s largest botanic gardens and urban parks.
Education is an essential part of Kings Park. Visit the facilities enjoyed by more than 20,000 students a year, including Rio Tinto Naturescape, six hectares of innovative learning and nature play.

(B) AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES TUESDAY/THURSDAY

Please choose SIX
Be introduced to some of the spectacular and diverse plants from all parts of the State, from the south coast to the tropical north and hear about the history of botanical exploration.
Follow us as we look at the ancient role of Aboriginal women in using plants for food and medicine and the more recent contribution of all women in the development of WA.
Plants inspire art and art enhances the natural environment, from sculptures to banksia and acacia mosaics and the play of fountains.
Kings Park and the Swan River are closely bound – take in river views as you hear about the landscape, the human interactions and modern connections.
Colourful characters abound in the history of WA. Come along and meet a few.
Fungi are around throughout the year in a healthy environment. Learn how to spot evidence of these hidden gems.
Unusual adaptations and unique forms - join senior horticultural staff to see examples and hear about the work done in the Conservation Garden.
We see spectacular displays in the Botanic Garden. Horticultural staff reveal some of their secrets and hard work.
Join our photographic enthusiasts on a quest to capture the beauty of our wildflowers or the vistas in Kings Park. They will take you to the optimum locations and share tips on creating memorable images. Suits all levels.
Take a four-billion-year walk, past mysterious stromatolites, through Lycopod Island forests, then pat a dinosaur and learn of our isolation and biodiversity.
Joseph Banks discovered three species in Botany Bay. See what we have in the West- nearly 160 banksias and dryandras - and admire the six prostrate banksias unique to WA.
Come and discover the Place of Reflection, a tranquil part of the Botanic Garden, designed so nature can encourage healing, hope and renewal.
Discover the diversity, the iconic species of the park, forest and woodland trees, magnificent mallees and other fascinating species, some rare in the wild.
Roe Gardens has some dramatic grevilleas, hakeas and other special plants that are part of the biodiversity of our Kwongan.
Take a look at some fascinating plants to understand how they survive in challenging environments.
A walk through the bushland in Kings Park, to highlight the plants used by the traditional Nyoongar Wadjuk people and the colonial settlers.
Discover a corner of the bushland where remarkable native wildflowers bloom profusely in spring. This is a walk of medium difficulty on sandy tracks.
After a bush tucker lunch, this is a chance to hear more about Nyoongar Wadjuk culture and food.
Yes, it can be done. Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners will give advice on growing WA plants in your garden.
Try your hand at pencil drawings of botanical specimens from the park, with some skilled help. Suits beginners and experienced artists.
Small botanic gardens are different and special. A forum to discuss the challenges and solutions for guides in gardens lacking huge support.

(C) FRIDAY MORNING ACTIVITIES

Please choose TWO
Experience wildflower spring in the bushland that makes up two-thirds of Kings Park. This is a three-hour walk on sand tracks, but worth it.
Nature is good for us. Come and hear the evidence and listen to three speakers on the benefits of getting a nature fix in your garden, with contributions from the audience and a short walk in a bush garden.
An interactive session in which a number of speakers share ideas on recruiting, training and mentoring volunteer guides and keeping up enthusiasm and interest.
The expectations of tourists and visitors to parks and gardens are changing. What do we need to do to keep our walks relevant and engaging? A panel discussion with audience ideas welcome.