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Public Gardens 2020 Partners

Public Gardens 2020 Partners

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.


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.
You can use PlantSnap to participate in the International Year of Plant Health Photo Contest!


Plants are the source of the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, and ultimately of all life on earth. Despite their importance, we do not pay enough attention to keeping them healthy. The International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020 will change this by inspiring people to learn more about plant health and, especially, take concrete action. For this reason, the action-oriented IYPH campaign will be targeted to specific audiences including: general public; media professionals; schoolchildren; farmers; government representatives; policy makers and legislators; donors; UN and International organization staff members; people working in the private and trade sectors. Find ideas of how to participate here.
You can use PlantSnap to participate in the International Year of Plant Health Photo Contest!

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries. 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, and part of the celebration is emphasizing how every day is Earth Day.