Sharing a Healthy Dose of Nature: Outreach Programming at Your Local Children’s Hospital
The North Carolina Botanical Gardens’ Wonder Connection outreach program serves patients at North Carolina Children’s Hospital. We intuitively know how healing nature can be, and yet most children’s hospitals don’t include nature programming. This workshop will demonstrate best practices for ways to provide nature and natural science programming for pediatric patients. Using Wonder Connection as a replicable model, attendees will participate in hands-on activities, learn how to ensure that programming is patient-centered and choice-based, and is inclusive of patients, family members, and staff. Participants will also draft a plan for how to approach their local children’s hospital to begin this type of programming.