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Go Public Gardens! Partners

Presenting Partner

The USDA Forest Service manages over 191 million acres of National Forest Lands on behalf of the American people, but also has a responsibility to support management on all forested lands across the United States.

Enjoy the health benefits of forests and host a nature walk or forest bathing.

Engage audiences of all ages on a plant and tree identification arboretum stroll, urban forest, or natural lands walk. The research shows that benefits include stress reduction, improved mental health, increased happiness, resilience, and social cohesion. Consider this your guests’ Rx!

Give a talk on the importance of trees and how public gardens are safeguarding their genetic diversity. Invite a staff member or special guest speaker from a local or state native plant society or an ecologist from a nearby university. Did you know your Local State or Community Forester will welcome the invitation?
Inspire your guests to go outside to look for a rare native tree or simply enjoy the biodiversity of plants.

Promotional Partners


Grab your field guides and go on a scouting adventure! Host a family friendly exploration for young Plant Heroes and inspire learning through a hands-on approach to protecting plants.

Order FREE Plant Heroes materials from the Plant Protection Store

You can also find school group curriculum and activities to use anytime of the year. 

PlantSnap is a popular plant identification app using deep learning and artificial intelligence that enables users to quickly identify any plant they encounter (down to the species level) using their mobile device’s camera. Its geo-tagging feature has important worldwide implications for measuring and tracking environmental resilience.
Downloading PlantSnap via the Association or a participating member garden supports the Association's Garden to Garden Disaster Response fund.

Through the Association's Education Community, Alexandra Cantwell at the Norfolk Botanical Garden is spearheading a project where gardens host an online class during Go Public Gardens Days focused on the garden and its history, collections, etc. It will be a great way to promote your garden, and inspire people to visit in person when safe to do so!
If you are interested in participating, please contact Alexandra via the Community portal here.