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Biodiversity in the City : issue 1
7 Centennial Parklands Centennial Parklands brings the classroom outdoors by offering a variety of hands-on curriculum-based educational excursions. Discover the natural and cultural landscape of Centennial Parklands under the guidance of a team of experienced Education and Interpretation Rangers. The new Education Precinct in the heart of Centennial Park now provides an all-weather facility for lessons and class work, while the adjacent ponds and plant nursery provide new opportunities for hands-on activities. Select from a range of programs designed to meet curriculum needs, or design your own excursion. Students may follow the interpretive trail through Lachlan Swamp to discover the plants and animals in this ecosystem, learn about the history of Federation at the exact place where the Federation document was signed, or undertake biotic and abiotic testing in our ponds. Centennial Parklands is building and engaging an active online community on its website www.centennialparklands.com.au, on Facebook www.facebook.com/centennial.park. sydney and Twitter www.twitter.com/cent_parklands. Royal Botanic Gardens The National Herbarium of NSW is a major centre for Australian plant research. The extensive collection of nearly one million preserved specimens (dating back to plants collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander in 1770) provide reference material for studies of our native plants, their relationships and classification. Research includes field studies, DNA sequencing and scanning electron microscopy. Ecological research involves mapping and describing plant communities and studying factors that affect their survival. The Botanic Gardens' Trust biodiversity research includes plant conservation projects such as the NSW Seed Bank, research into invasive species and mapping of plant diversity across NSW. Louisa Murray Is the Flora Botanist of NSW, and works within the Herbarium's Plant Diversity division. Louisa is currently writing botanical descriptions and distribution data for the myriad plants of New South Wales. She is currently working on the plants called Tetratheca known as Black-eyed Susan.