The National Arboretum Canberra offers 250 hectares of space with architect-designed buildings and Pod Playground; Canberra Discovery Garden; large grassed amphitheatre; stunning views; outdoor sculptures; free electric barbeques and picnic deck in the Himalayan cedar forest; the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection; cafe, gift shop and 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees, both Australian and exotic species. Note: many of these forests are young, but two are nearly one hundred years old.
School groups are welcome to use the Pod Playground. Please limit groups to 40 students in the playground at any one time to ensure reasonable access for the general public. Note that on weekdays, the playground is often used by toddlers and preschoolers.
The National Bonsai and Penjing Collection
Students are very welcome to visit the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia. Due to the precious and easily-damaged nature of this collection, please remind the students not to touch the display and keep group sizes to a maximum of 20 students.
Bonsai volunteers are happy to talk with groups of visitors. They can often be seen working on the trees in the collection.