The following is a list of possible topics. This list is in no way exhaustive and is intended to inspire and guide you as you develop session submissions.
Growing Our Relevance: How does your work meet the evolving needs of your region and create transformative change? How do you build community buy-in to your programs? Are you telling a compelling story about impact to your funders? How is your “next” informed by data? What is your organization doing to capture future relevance?
Educating for Stewardship and Environmental Justice: How is your organization talking about environmental and socio-economic challenges? What are the most effective strategies for botanic gardens to use their sites for beauty and healing while messaging about the importance of plants for our planet’s future? Are you sharing perspectives from a diversity of cultures and world views? How are you getting teens to talk about plants and our environment?
All Together Now: What strategies help remove barriers and increase access? What steps must gardens take to better reflect our communities? How do you align your fundraising practices with your community’s priorities? What voices do we need to hear from and magnify to effectively implement IDEA?
Cultivating Community: How do you bring collaboration and partnerships that support education into existence? What methods does your team engage in to support and sustain educational partnerships? How does community building impact your institutional mission (inside and outside your gates)? What professional development and departmental goals do your partners help you achieve?
Garden Pedagogy: Are people raving about your training and you have a model to share? What are the best methods for developing science content? What is your process for ensuring interpretation speaks to our diverse audiences? How do you evolve your own pedagogy?
Other: what did we miss and you’d like to share?