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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.

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10/30/19
Experience Bees: Community Outreach Tool for Bee Conservation Efforts

Despite the importance of bees, there is a gap in the public's understanding of them.

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10/24/19
Top 10 Plants: Increasing Awareness of Plants

Urbanization, lack of contact with the natural world, and growing up removed from agriculture has contributed to a void of knowledge relating to food and food production, along with a phenomenon known as plant blindness.

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9/26/19
An Update of the Literature Supporting the Well-Being Benefits of Plants: Part 2 Physiological Health Benefits

This paper focused on providing evidence from the literature regarding the physiological health benefits associated with plants, thereby influencing the physiological, psychological, and cognitive well-being constructs affecting quality of life.

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8/20/19
A Road Map for Conservation, Use, and Public Engagement around North America’s Crop Wild Relatives and Wild Utilized Plants

Crop wild relatives—the plant species closely related to agricultural crops—are valuable
genetic resources used by plant breeders to increase pest and disease resistance, stress

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8/20/19
Resetting the table for people and plants: Botanic gardens and research organizations collaborate to address food and agricultural plant blindness

Of the myriad gifts plants provide to humanity, food is among the most visible, as everyone needs to eat, every single day.

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5/28/19
Connecting People to Nature: From Caring to Conservation and More

Hear from three experts exploring research, strategies, and benefits of connecting people to nature: Louise Chawla, University of Colorado; Lauren Watkins, Impact by Design; and Sheila Williams-Ridge, University of Minnesota. 

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5/20/19
The Global Museum: natural history collections and the future of evolutionary biology and public education

Natural history museums are unique spaces for interdisciplinary research and for educational
innovation. Through extensive exhibits and public programming and by hosting rich

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5/2/19
Adopt-A-Pond/Field/Park Example Documents

Attached are a series of documents from various institutions and states that desribe their Adopt-A-Pond, Field, or Park Programs.

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4/1/19
Exploring Culinary Arts Programs at Public Horticulture Institutions

Demand for food and beverages that are locally grown and made, organic, and nutritious has been on the rise in recent years, and many public gardens are recognizing the interest in and need for programming about these topics.

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12/4/17