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So What? - Using Interpretive Themes to Improve All Aspects of Visitor Experience

A strong interpretive theme statement provides a clear big idea and the "so what" message that can help deepen visitor experience. Interpretive themes are typically used for signage projects and programming, but they can be used for so much more.

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10/22/20
Interpreting the Science: A Toolkit to Communicate the Value of Native Plants

Native plants are important to the landscape. However, there is little clear information out there informing the lay public on native plant scientific benefits, uses in the landscape, and sourcing of plants.

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8/7/20
Darwin in the garden: Engaging the public about evolution with museum collections of living objects

Polls continue to show distressingly high percentages of people around the world do not accept that evolution has occurred.

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5/29/20
Earth Day at Home & Digital Toolkits for Environmental Education

Earth Day Network is committed to supporting parents and teachers in providing engaging environmental education opportunities.

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4/3/20
How Evaluations Shape The Stories We Tell About Our Programs: Capturing and Sharing Impact at Public Gardens

How public gardens and arboreta evaluate their education programs determines the stories they can tell about those programs’ ability to positively impact their targeted audience and the broader community, and to build collaborations with research instit

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3/5/20
Start With a Story

Story is a powerful, provocative interpretive medium in botanical gardens. Plants already have a hard time attracting the interest of a plant-blind public, and lists of facts do little to bring them alive.

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3/5/20
Transformative Nature Engagement: A Toolkit for Public Gardens

Humanity faces numerous challenges in adapting to a changing planet. Public gardens are an ideal setting in which to engage the public on how to be part of the solution.

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3/4/20
We're Not Just Pretty Gardens

Interpretation is the best tool for orienting visitors and connecting them to a garden’s mission. Gardens also function as a gateway to the natural world and a lifelong learning tool for visitors of all ages.

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3/4/20
Scientists’ incentives and attitudes toward public communication

In an era of large-scale science-related challenges and rapid advancements in groundbreaking science with major societal implications, communicating about science is critical. The profile of

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1/29/20
Morton Arboretum Discover Conifers Exhibit

This conifer exhibit created by Morton Arboretum is now available for download! These are great digital displays/panels that educate the public about the ecological and social importance of conifers. 

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1/23/20

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