Bush Blitz at the Australian National Botanic Gardens!

WHEN: 10am – 3pm, Sunday 2 December 2018

Everyone is invited to take part in the next Bush Blitz during a fun-filled and fascinating day at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra.

  • Join Bush Blitz scientists as they find out what lives at the Gardens.
  • Visit the scientists in their field lab and discover how they prepare and identify specimens.
  • Take part in a range of hands-on activities that will teach you how to identify more of the amazing plants and animals that call the ACT home.

Every Bush Blitz involves many partnerships and the ACT Bush Blitz is no exception. We’re working with a wide range of professionals and citizen scientists to offer a diverse range of activities at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.


Click on the links below for details. There may be some unexpected changes so please recheck details before you head on over. When you arrive, come straight to the field lab in the Crosbie Morrison Building (follow signs from the café). Bookings for activities with limited numbers will be taken at the information station there. We are looking forward to seeing you!

From field collection to herbarium specimenAll agesACT Bush Blitz scientists
LichensAll agesACT Bush Blitz scientist
Insect collectingAll agesACT Bush Blitz scientists
Diversity of insects in the ACTAll agesACT Bush Blitz scientist
Velvet antsAll ages + adultsACT Bush Blitz scientist
Crickets and grasshoppers of Black MountainAll agesACT Bush Blitz scientist
Butterflies of the high countryAll agesACT Bush Blitz scientist
The world of tiny mothsAll agesACT Bush Blitz scientist
SpidersAll agesACT Bush Blitz scientists
Frogs All agesACT Bush Blitz scientists
ReptilesAll agesACT Bush Blitz scientists
Fish and crayfishAll agesACT Bush Blitz scientists
Close-up plant/animal photographyAll agesACT Bush Blitz photographer
Plants and animals at the pop-up libraryAll agesAustralian National Botanic Gardens Library
Australian Plant Image IndexAll agesAustralian Plant Image Index
ClimateWatch and the Australian National Botanic GardensAll agesGardens’ volunteer guides
Exploring and caring for Canberra’s natural environmentAll agesACT Parks and Conservation Service
Using Canberra Nature MapAll agesCanberra Nature Map
Native beesAll agesACT for Bees
Insect pollinatorsAdultsDr Roger Farrow
Reptiles and other nature around CanberraAll agesField Naturalists Association of Canberra, ACT Herpetological Association, Friends of Grasslands
BirdwatchingAll agesCanberra Ornithologists Group
Drawing insects and keeping a nature journalAll agesNatureArt Lab
Seeds10 years+National Seed Banks, Australian Seed Bank Partnership
Aquatic invertebratesAll agesWaterwatch
Being a citizen scientist, discovering spiders and jewel beetlesAll agesStuart Harris

Unless specific times are mentioned, activities will take place throughout the event.