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Moving Field Guide: A Kinesthetic Approach to Environmental Education

Join Cassie Meador and Dr. Jamē McCray for an experiential workshop to introduce Moving Field Guide techniques and model kinesthetic activities you can use to support learners of all ages in connecting to their bodies, each other, and their environment...

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4/16/21
February 2021 Education Town Hall

Join Kristie Webber, Education Community Chair and Gabe Tilove, Vice-Chair for their first Education Community Town Hall Meeting in 2021. Please note that break out rooms were not recorded or included in the final recording to promote free conversation...

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2/9/21
February Lunch and Learn! When Nature Goes Virtual: Bringing the outdoors to a K-12 digital audience

During times of uncertainty we are often pushed to our limits--to think outside the box, to build something from nothing, to make the impossible possible. In a world where teaching about nature outdoors is ideal, the education staff at The Morton...

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2/3/21
IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3

In December 2020 the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3 found that climate change is now the biggest threat to natural World Heritage globally. This report, IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3, builds on three cycles of Conservation Outlook Assessments undertaken...

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1/13/21
Education Community Forum: Adult Education

A facilitated discussion focused on current strategies for online engagement during COVID-19. Notes are also attached. Find out what your peers are doing, and share your experience so far. Primary discussion questions include:

  • What
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4/30/20
“Help, I’ve Fallen into Obscurity!”: Keeping Your Programs Vital to a Maturing Audience

Is your educational programming prepared for the coming “elder boom”? Every day, 10,000 Americans reach the age of 65 and the fastest growing demographic in this country is women over age 85. To remain vital to audiences, public gardens must account...

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3/9/20
ESD for 2030: The Future Depends on Us!

The United Nations has established a new decade, beginning in 2020, focused on the power of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). “ESD for 2030” calls for educators to help advance new skills, empower youth, increase public awareness, and build...

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2/7/20
Ecosystem Management in Towns and Cities

This webinar will introduce extension agents to concepts of urban ecology, which addresses the intricate relationship between humans and urban trees, air, water, soil, wildlife, and more.
The world has become increasingly urban with roughly half...

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2/5/20
Last Child in the Woods Curriculum Guide

Reading questions and writing prompts developed for Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. 

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12/20/19
Conifer Care

Conifers are commonly planted in North America to provide year-round screening, as windbreaks or as focal trees in the landscape. However, conifers including certain species of spruce, pine, hemlock, cedar and fir planted in northern areas of North...

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11/14/19
Campus-Based Ecotourism: A Case Study on the Power of Local Ecotourism

Academic campuses across the Great Plains can serve as landscapes for teaching and learning about native flora of cultural importance with regard to food, medicine, and lifeways. Campus visitors (tourists) and local community members could benefit from...

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10/30/19
Be a Star Conference Presenter: Design a Session That Reflects How People Learn Best

Educators know, based on years of research, that effective learning happens when learners are:

  • Actively engaged (as opposed to passive recipients of information)
  • Equal partners in the learning process
  • Socially engaged
  • ...
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9/13/19
Creating Equitable Career Pathways in Urban Forestry

Employers are desperate to fill a labor shortage on the front lines in urban forestry, yet struggle to source and retain a sustainable workforce. Few employers have successfully tapped into the supply of workers in communities with the lowest tree...

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8/5/19
Standing in the shadows of plants

Plants permeate human life. Our physical and cultural environments are infused with the lives of plants. Even the oxygen in the air we breathe is the result of their biological processes. Indeed, “we rely on plants for food, shelter, fuel, and fibers...

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7/30/19
Children, Youth and Family Education with a Purpose

STEM careers and programs have gained prominence in recent years as youth are shown opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through robotics, computer programming, and game development. Although often overlooked, horticulture...

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7/9/19
Engaging Diverse Audiences in Conservation and Research through Citizen Science

Citizen science offers the opportunity to actively involve a variety of audiences both on site and in communities with our collections, our research, and our conservation activities, increasing scientific and environmental literacy as well as awareness...

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7/8/19
People and plants: The unbreakable bond

We are losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate, which will have unknown but                          potentially devastating consequences for the Earth’s planetary systems. Before we can
conserve biodiversity, however, we must understand it...

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12/11/18
Plants and people: Our shared history and future

Humans and plants have a complex relationship extending far back into our joint
evolutionary history. This legacy can be seen today as plants provide nutrition, fiber,
pharmaceuticals, and energy for people and animals across the globe....

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12/11/18
2018 Association Bookstore Book List

These books were written or edited by Association members OR are about Association gardens. This is a wonderful list of resources for those in our industry with relevant material and up to date topics. 

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6/18/18
Survey of Adult Education Program Staffing

What staffing does it take to make adult education successful? Laura Vogel shares her survey of Member gardens and presents a scaled comparison of adult education staffing to program size, and invites open discussion from participants.

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4/23/18

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