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Open House: Behind the Scenes at South Coast Botanic Garden

Submitted by bberkowitz@publ... on Wed, 12/14/2022 - 10:44am
Friday, April 28, 2023
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9:00 am to 5:30 pm
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Non-Member Cost 
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Join us for this Open House to take a behind the scenes look at South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. This Open House gives you the opportunity to explore the garden, attend sessions of your choosing on a variety of topics, and network with your peers.  

Cost: $99 members/$199 non-members


9:00-9:30am Breakfast
9:30-10:00am Welcome from South Coast
10:00am-12:00pm Choose one of the following tracks to join:

Horticulture - The Future Looks... Different? Adapting our Collections in a Changing Climate
As climate steps through the looking glass and seasonal changes become less predictable, South Coast Botanic Garden is taking a proactive approach to uncertainty. Come learn about how we are developing and adapting our collections and policy for a future that’s trending hotter and drier in Southern California. As we take a walking tour of our revamped spaces, we will also share challenges and successes planting on a landfill and open the discussion for you to share challenges and solutions in your own unique gardens.

Development Micro Conference
Hear presentations on a topics relvant to development and fundraising! 

How do you sense out of all the offerings? - Learn how we organized complicated deals to aid the corporate giving pitch.

Bench programs can be the worst! – Hear the horror stories and how we turned this time-consuming program into a pipeline for major gifts.

From Zero to Hero – Learn how to build your reputation to attract donors.

Marketing Scavenger Hunt
Head out on a hunt for engagement with the Marketing department aka two people. We’ll take our latest scavenger hunt to help show how the marketing department is breaking out of the silo into a multi-pronged approach. We will also cover social media, conversion tactics and approachable practices. We’ll wrap up with an open discussion about the challenges we all face in this ever-changing world.

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch 
1:30-3:30pm Choose one of the following tracks to join:

Operations and Exhibitions - Talking Trash: The Secret Life of Operations
Operations is the machine that ensures a positive experience for all. If done right, it is seamless but each cog in wheel makes all the difference. Join us for a behind-the-scenes of running the Ops side and hear trials, tribulations, solutions and success stories.

Exhibits in all their forms are the anchors of South Coast. Come learn about our traveling, temporary, and permanent exhibits and the layers we use to ensure a cohesive guest experience.

Membership and Visitor Services Micro Conference
Join us for a micro conference on membership and visitor services for your garden. Mini presentations will introduce some topics for post pandemic strategies, followed by open discussion where attendees can discuss their experiences and solutions.

-(Un)invitations – Developing a unique acquisition program

-Beat the “trashed” expectations and grow membership revenue

-Learn how a blended staff of visitor services and retail results in garden growth.

-Trash talk with colleagues: what did you throw out, keep, and recycle?

Events/Rentals/Concessions - Lights, Camera . . . Action!
Come hear from our Special Events and Filming Team about how they turn our garden areas into magical spaces for filming and for traditional and non-traditional rentals.  The team will also show the group areas where filming took place for movies and commericals and share tips and insight on how to negotiate for maximum optimizarion.  

Learning & Engagement/Volunteers - It Takes A Village
Coordinators from learning & engagement, volunteer department and community relations will share how they collaborate to provide experiences for ALL and provide meaningful engagement and opportunity. Listen to a frank discussion about the evolution of a society and club-led institution to one that now serves a wider community through intentional and inclusive programming

3:30pm-5:30pm Choice of Walking Tours & Grab a Snack
Join a walking tour, or wander on your own, and check out the Hide and Seek: Art Meets Nature exhibit, featuring sculptures from Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Learn more here.

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