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KS3 Quests

A range of themed guided programmes designed especially for Key Stage 3 pupils and led by our experienced Rangers. All KS3 quests last for two hours and are linked to the National Curriculum. 

KS3 Photosynthesis and Plant Adaptation Quest

On this 2 hour journey, guided by our Ranger, you will find a vast array of plants from around the world and discover the adaptations which allow them to survive in different environments. Consider how leaf form and other factors are linked to the process of photosynthesis.

Ness Botanic Garden is committed to maintaining biodiversity and the use of gene banks to preserve hereditary material - discover how the Gardens are involved.

Visit an ongoing University of Liverpool Scientific Research Project in the garden. Scientists are seeking to understand whether genetic diversity within certain plant species is important in the resistance to climate change. Learn about how they planned the investigation and discuss their methods. How would you do this?

 KS3 Mini-Bioblitz Quest

Alternatively, take a 1 hour plant quest and combine it with a 1 hour field study to consider the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem:

-  Terrestrial Invertebrate Mini-BioBlitz - 'bug hunt' and identification session. We can set up an overnight moth trap and several ground traps for your students to analyse.

-  Aquatic Mini-Bioblitz which would help students become familiar with common species and discover the importance of seeking pollution indicator species

The emphasis is on students identifying using keys and reference material.

Borrow our Phonescopes (microsope that clips onto android /Iphone over the camera lens) to take images of your finds.  Please note that water may damage mobile phones. Ness Botanic Garden cannot be held responsible for phone damage. The use of a Phonescope with your own phones is at the discretion of the teacher in charge of the group.

KS3 Sustainability Quest

Solar panels, vegetable gardening, permaculture techniques, composting, mulching, aquaponics (how fish poo can make food), wildlife habitats - Ness Botanic Gardens has plenty of sustainable operations to discover on a garden tour. How many can you spot? What sustainability advice would you give people back at school or at home? Lots of important questions will be raised on the journey. This quest is a cross-curricular extravaganza. 


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