Loaner programs including backpacks with naturalist equipment for children, GPS units for Geocaching, and iPods for Citizen Science, have become a popular and effective way for arboreta and botanical gardens to broaden the impact of their missions and include populations that may not have the financial or physical access to properties. This presentation will discuss the merits of the Loaner Backpack Program at The North Carolina Arboretum and its impacts. 


R. Preyer, The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, North Carolina