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The National Arboretum 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.
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.
Bookings are essential for all school groups visiting the bonsai collection at least one week before the planned visit. For information and bookings contact 6207 8156 or email via the ACT Government feedback form.
The Bonsai curators and volunteers are happy to talk with groups of visitors. They can often be seen working on the trees in the collection and are happy to explain what they are doing.
Activity sheets for the Bonsai display are also available free of charge.