A Walk on the Wild Side with Charles Darwin

Join famed naturalist Charles Darwin (that’s Charlie D to you, friends!) as he joins the 21st Century on an adventure into the natural world at Wildlife Photographer of the Year!

Learn about some of the world’s most vulnerable plants and animals in the Bicentennial Conservatory, showing both the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, and our indoor temperate rainforest. Discover different ways of how to connect to the natural world both directly, and through the brilliant images on display, all the while delving into some extraordinary stories from nature.

Book your spot to join Charlie D and enjoy the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden with your students in a way that you've not experienced before.

Students will:

  • Be led on a tour by Charlie D, written by and starring Michael Mills of Heaps Good Productions.
  • Learn about some of the stars of the photographic exhibition, how to look into and interpret the images, and how human endeavours in science have changed over time.
  • Discuss as a group how human interactions with our natural environment can have huge impacts.
  • Explore and discuss the different ways different photographers use their particular artform to tell the stories of nature, including what to look for when creating your own photos, and what makes for a great story within a photograph.

Curriculum links:

  • Foundation to Year 6: Science and Geography
  • Year 7 Science: The diversity of life on Earth
  • Foundation to Year 7: The Arts


Please note: This program is for school classes only. School holiday bookings for the general public are periodically posted on our What's On page.

Excursion Information

Year Level

Foundation to Year 7
Please note some images in the exhibition may be confronting to younger audiences.


Limited dates during Term 4
Wednesday 25 October 2023
Thursday 26 October 2023
Friday 27 October 2023
Tuesday 31 October 2023
Wednesday 1 November 2023
Thursday 2 November 2023


Each session will run for 45 minutes.

10:00am - 10:45am
11:00am - 11:45am
12:00pm - 12:45pm
1:00pm - 1:45pm


Classes are invited to view the exhibition in their own time after the booked session.


$250.00 per class group (up to 30 students per class)

Discount for DfE Category of Disadvantage 1-4 sites, rural and remote schools
$200.00 per class group (up to 30 students per class)

Costs will be invoiced after the excursion.


Bicentennial Conservatory, Adelaide Botanic Garden (map reference C12)

Access is via the northern entrance of the Bicentennial Conservatory, near the Conservatory Gate.
Bus drop off zones are located on Plane Tree Drive and Hackney Road


The Exhibition is on a paved pathway at ground level and includes a low gradient sloped board walk to the upper level.
As this is a Rainforest environment, please be aware that there may be moisture in the air and on the paths depending on the weather.

Planning Your Excursion

Please read this information before your visit to ensure the best possible experience and learning outcomes:
Information can be found here

A Walk on the Wild Side with Charles Darwin

Photograph: © Mateusz Piesiak, Wildlife Photographer of the Year