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
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?
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
- 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
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