Public gardens across the United States and Canada are exposing young adults to the outdoors through interesting and innovative programs. From daily hands-on field trips to youth movements to partnerships with schools, students are developing a better understanding of their environment and a greater appreciation of how they can impact their natural surroundings. Through innovative student programming gardens can support a love of nature and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. What tools can we use to reach high school students and support the development of an environmental ethic and interest in STEM careers?


T. Friday, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, Texas; E. Otte, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York; J. Pedersen, University of Alberta Botanic Garden, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada