Keep the Fire Burning at Mount Annan

Ignite your child's imagination with a memorable school holidays experience exploring the intricate art of fire practices.

Burnt Coast Banksia cones opening up after fire

Bowden Centre, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan 


10, 11, 16 and 17 July 2024 


1pm – 2:30pm and 10am – 11:30am


$18.50 Child 

$16.50 Foundation & Friends members


1.5 hours

Explore the transformative power of fire

Step into the past and embark on a captivating journey through Dharawal country, where ancient traditions come to life. 

This school holidays program offers a unique opportunity for children to connect with First Nations culture as they explore the intricate art of fire practices.

Led by our knowledgeable First Nations guides, kids will embark on a journey of discovery, learning about the rich heritage of local fire traditions, listening to the whispers of Country and learning the language of nature. Through hands-on exploration, they’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the land and its teachings.

Dive into the fascinating world of plants and materials that have sustained First Nations land management practices for generations through the transformative power of fire. Witness first-hand how seasons are observed and honoured, guiding the optimal times for harnessing the energy of flame to nurture the health of the land.

Listen closely as you hear the stories of how fire is used by First Nations people for a myriad of purposes, from cultural ceremonies to ecological stewardship, fostering resilience in communities and ecosystems alike.

But the adventure doesn't stop there! Children will have the chance to roll up their sleeves and try their hand at creating fire using traditional cultural tools, forging a personal connection to the time-honoured practices of our ancestors.

Join us at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan for an enriching experience that celebrates the wisdom of Dharawal culture and fosters a deep respect for the natural world.

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Smoke during an Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Garden