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Summer Sounds 7th March - Party Weekend - new date Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 5:00pm to Sunday, 8 March 2020 - 6:45pm

The program for Saturday 7th March and Sunday 8th March features Top 40 hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and today.

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by Purc Randall & Soultry Se-Lah with Canberra Swing Katz.

Entry charges apply: $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free. Pay on arrival, or for online bookings see the ANBG website (a booking fee applies).

Black Mountain Weeding Work Party 7 March 2020 Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

We shall focus on the small remaining area of woodland in the south west corner of the Black Mountain Nature Reserve.

Meet: Caswell Drive entry on the mountain side.
Drive from Belconnen Way southwards along Caswell Drive towards Glenloch Interchange, Woden, or Tuggeranong. Note the yellow diamond shape advisory sign showing access road on left, and the blue and white “P” sign for parking. Pull into the carpark carefully. Look for banners.

Please book: if you are planning to come, please email your name and phone number to or  phone 6296 1936 as this helps with the catering.  Also, having your contact number helps us to let you know if arrangements need to change at the last minute (for example, adverse weather conditions).

Dr Peter Schalk ‘Biodiversity Science in the Future. Creating Order in the Acronym Soup of Organisations’ Thursday, 5 March 2020 - 12:30pm

Peter is Deputy Director, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands and the Executive Secretary of Species 2000.  He will discuss the Catalogue of Life, the world's most comprehensive and authoritative index of known animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms, created in 2001 as a partnership between the global Species 2000 and the American Integrated Taxonomic Information System.  This global index of species names and synonyms, now counting 1.9 million valid species, will further science and promote sensible measures in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Seeds in the Bank Thursday, 5 March 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 12 April 2020 - 4:30pm

This exhibition in the Visitor Centre provides a glimpse into the collection of the National Seed Bank and the seeds collected to support the conservation of our native flora.

The exhibition is ongoing; new sales arrangements will be made for visitors interested in purchasing prints and other items.


ANBG Plant Science Group Technical Talk Monday, 2 March 2020 - 10:30am

Place: Theatrette, ANBG

Speaker: Bronwyn Clarke from the Australian Tree Seed Centre

Summary: Bronwyn will be talking about their involvement in the south-west Pacific, with emphasis on Sandalwood.

Bonsai Exhibition of Australian Native Plants Friday, 28 February 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 1 March 2020 - 4:30pm

See a diverse selection of bonsai Australian plants in the Crosbie Morrison Building

David Newby and Graham Fletcher ‘The Australian School of Gardening – What is it, and why do we need it? Thursday, 27 February 2020 - 12:30pm

David, a former lawyer and business man, and Graham, a former academic, will discuss the aims of The Australian School of Gardening, including career paths through continuing education and opportunities for professional gardeners – and inspiration and education for non-professional gardeners through a range of events.

Bees, Butterflies, Birds: Maximising Biodiversity by Supporting Pollinators Saturday, 22 February 2020 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

Fires and drought across Australia have affected many native forests that are vital for the health and well-being of native bees, European Honey bees and pollinators of many species. They are crucial for biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. It is now even more important for us to plant for and maintain our urban gardens and parklands to protect our bees, butterflies, birds and local wildlife.

Friends Photo Group meeting: Filters in Photography Friday, 21 February 2020 - 10:30am

Presenter: Jim Gould

Date: Friday 21st February

Location: Theatrette opposite the ANBG Visitor Centre.

Time: 10.30AM

Filters are useful. Or useless.  It just depend upon what you’re using them for.

Dr Jason Sharples ‘Understanding Extreme Bushfire Development’ Thursday, 20 February 2020 - 12:30pm

Jason, from the University of New South Wales, will highlight the role that dynamic fire propagation plays in driving ‘deep flaming’ events, which appear to be critical in triggering the ‘violent pyroconvection’ characteristic of extreme bushfires, as well as recent work aimed at predicting extreme bushfire occurrences.