Science at the Garden – Microscopy for 10-16 year olds

Tue 23 Jul 2024 1pm - 2:30pm Book here

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is dedicated to the research and conservation of biodiversity. We contribute internationally to plant DNA barcoding and are a national asset for plant, fungi and pollinator research.

Come and experience what it’s like to be a scientist in this unique session aimed at young people aged 10-16. 

Explore the microscopic world of the ponds, fauna and underground.  Use our digital, stereo and mono microscopes and see what you can find.  Learn how to take samples and make slides with stains.

See if you can identify what you find!

This is a practical class with the theory to back it up and will equip you to understand how genes are the blueprint for every living organism.

This class is aimed at young people aged 10 – 16,  each young person must have an accompanying adult.

This session is in the Science Centre and the lab is fully accessible.

Spaces are limited.

Cost £15 per child – This also includes entry to the Garden and the accompanying adult is free.

Please show your order confirmation on arrival at the visitor entrance. This session starts at 1.30pm, please meet at the reception area of the Science centre (No.24 on the map).


The Garden represents an exciting resource for researchers with over 5,000 plant taxa in the botanic garden, including a collection of threatened Welsh plants, and a valuable mix of grassland habitats within Waun Las National Nature Reserve.

Our Science Centre contains a molecular lab, dedicated to DNA barcoding and conservation genetics research, a National Seed Bank, as well as our libraryarchives and herbarium.

Upcoming Dates

  1. Tue 23 Jul 2024
    1pm - 2:30pm
  2. Tue 30 Jul 2024
    1pm - 2:30pm
  3. Tue 06 Aug 2024
    1pm - 2:30pm
  4. Tue 20 Aug 2024
    1pm - 2:30pm