The Chenshan Botanical Gardens have thousands of plant species from around the world contained within climate controlled bio-domes, so the children could appreciate the differing climates in which these plants can be found and the plant adaptions that make survival possible in challenging conditions. The trip was a great success and the children learned a great deal from their exciting day of exploration.
The children in Year 2 have recently designed a rainforest explorer and put their learning to good use as they prepared for the long and arduous trek across the Botanical Gardens in the midday sun. Water bottles were filled, hats were donned and sun cream liberally applied as the children did their best to cope with one of the hottest days of the year so far! Like the plants they were here to see, they too had to adapt to the conditions.
After touring the bio-domes the clear favourites were the Succulents Dome (dubbed the Wild West by Colton in 2S) which housed hundreds of species of cacti, and the Carnivorous Plants area. The children were fascinated by the Pitcher Plant which entices its prey with bright colours and the promise of nectar. The sides of the plant are slippery with condensation causing the unfortunate insect to fall into the mixture and be consumed by the plant. The children also encountered Strangler Figs and other creeping vines that rely on other plants in their quest for sunlight above the rainforest canopy.
Thank you to all our parent helpers who accompanied us, without whom the day would not have been possible. The children loved the Botanical Gardens and are still talking about their highlights!
“This is the best day of my life!” - Erik
“The pink flowers on the bridge remind me of home (Italy)” - Alessia
“I think I would like to work here so I could play on the grass every day!” - Ruairi
“This is the first time I have had a picnic on grass, Miss Leigh!” – Imogen