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LGBTQ Inclusion in Public Gardens: A Toolkit

Public gardens increasingly recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in their work. This toolkit provides concrete ways to address LGBTQ inclusion in gardens. It explains the importance of LGBTQ inclusion, including the challenges LGBTQ...

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9/20/21
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Timed Ticketing Post-COVID

More than a year has passed since many of our gardens were forced to rethink day to day operations to meet government guidelines, protect our employees, and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. One of the tools that many of us quickly adopted was a...

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4/8/21
Re-Opening Museums & Cultural Attractions: Succeeding in the Post-COVID Era with Thoughtful Digital Tools

In March 2020, museums and cultural organizations across the world closed their doors due to Coronavirus. Now, almost half a year later, many institutions are in the early phases of reopening.
In order to initiate a successful reopening, digital...

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2/19/21
Selecting the Right Interpretive Tool for Your Garden

How do you create that perfect combination of interpretive vehicles to reach your various audiences? Our panelists explore the right mix of brochures, QR codes, signage, apps, and other tools to connect our visitors to our beautiful garden spaces....

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12/15/20
Lunch and Learn! Artists Activate: Environmental Connection, Conservation, & Community

This session highlights the unique roles artists and art play in creatively inspiring, engaging, and empowering the public to care about nature, and take action to address today's critical ecological issues. Elayna Toby Singer shares strategies from...

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12/2/20
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. In...

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10/22/20
Behind The Scenes: 2020 Annual Conference

Pivoting from in-person to virtual events is never easy, especially when a pandemic is the root cause of the shift. In an effort to share tips, tricks, and insights from the American Public Gardens Associations' shift from an in-person to virtual event...

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10/12/20
Botanical Gardens in a Time of Crisis: Targeted Results from a National Study of Attenders and the Public

Soon after coronavirus started spreading in the United States, Slover Linett and LaPlaca Cohen collaborated to launch a large-scale audience research study to help inform decision making in arts and culture organizations, including public gardens. The...

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10/7/20
Guest Services Community 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Meeting

Community Chair Elizabeth Dickey of the Idaho Botanical Garden leads the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association's Guest Services Community.

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7/16/20
Diversity and Community Support in Membership and Visitor Services

Across the nation, we are deeply shaken and distressed by the death of George Floyd and the widespread injustice towards the Black community. In light of current events and the national reckoning with deeply-rooted systemic racism in our country, it is...

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6/10/20
The Onsite Member Experience After Coronavirus Closures

Across the world, we’re beginning to see museums, zoos, gardens, and other cultural sites reopen after coronavirus closures. Many are initiating phased reopenings, using timed-ticketing and contactless modes of entry, opening to members only, and/or...

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6/8/20
Focus on Re-Opening Part II: Marketing & Communications Community Town Hall

The Association's Marketing & Communications Community focuses on re-opening experiences. Features two very different reopening experiences from the Huntington Botanical Garden and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and discussions moderated by Vice-...

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5/20/20
BHS: Safety Matters – Defensive Driving Techniques

DEFENSIVE DRIVING
Defensive driving practices apply to all driving situations. In addition to normal work
related travel on public roads, Garden employees drive a wide variety of equipment; from
scooters to golf...

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3/10/20
Guest Services Community Webinar: Internal Communications

Presented by the Association's Guest Services Community. Elizabeth Dickey, Education And Visitor Engagement Director at the Idaho Botanical Gardens presents a webinar on the importance of internal communication at public gardens.

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2/24/20
BHS: Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a leading cause of the increasing number of auto accidents and the severity of resulting injury and damages. Understanding how to avoid distraction and implementing best driving practices to keep our employees, volunteers and...

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2/11/20
BHS: Understanding Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

Over the past couple of years there has been increased activity for lawsuits involving compliance with Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). WCAG help provide protection for the visually and hearing impaired from being discriminated against...

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1/15/20
Guest Services Community Webinar

Debut webinar from the Guest Services Community. Amanda Russell of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens presents on best practices in guest services.

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10/25/19
TIPS Professional Community Webinar - Occupancy Data

TIPS Technology Tuesday featured a presentation from Longwood Gardens on Occupancy Data. Learn about technological solutions to better understand visitor numbers, safety, and impacts. 

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10/3/19
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. 

NAAEE featured...

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5/20/19
BHS- Safety Matters: Avoiding Painful and Costly Slips

Working in a public garden means that your workday depends somewhat on the weather. Wet walking surfaces both indoors and out can present serious slipping hazards for you, your co-workers and guests.

In fact, surfaces that are wet for any reason...

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5/14/19

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