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The role of botanical gardens in scientific research, conservation, and citizen science

Botanical gardens devote their resources to the study and conservation of plants, as well as making the world's plant species diversity known to the public. These gardens also play a central role in meeting human needs and providing well-being. In this...

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10/1/18
The Development of a Thirteen Year Research-Practice Partnership: How the School District, Eight Cultural Institutions, and University Participants Collaborate to Support New York City Science Teachers and Learners

This paper examines Urban Advantage, a thirteen-year partnership in New York City, between eight cultural institutions (botanical gardens among them) and the Department of Education, as a ‘case’ of a long-lasting research practice partnership that has...

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9/17/18
Tree Stewards: Case Study of A Virginia Urban Tree Volunteer Program

Virginia has developed a successful urban tree citizen volunteer program, Tree Stewards. The program operates under the non-profit Virginia Trees.  Trained volunteers provide community education and work directly with local jurisdictions to assist with...

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8/28/18
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...

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6/22/18
Field Guide to Conservation in Cities in North America

This Field Guide to Conservation in Cities captures the collective experience of The Nature Conservancy and Center for Whole Communities (CWC) from 2014 to 2016, as they initiated a network of urban conservation programs in 12 cities across the United...

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4/24/18
An Equitable Water Future: A National Briefing Paper

The US Water Alliance developed this briefing paper to expand national understanding of the water-related challenges that vulnerable communities face. This paper is inspired and informed by the contributions of diverse stakeholders—utility managers,...

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4/20/18
The Value of Community Engagement in Botanic Gardens with Examples from The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has community engagement at its core. With health and environmental challenges facing society, its mission “to explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future” is more important and...

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4/13/18
Jennifer Schwarz-Ballard from Chicago Botanic Garden: Embedding community work in your organisation

During this webinar Jennifer Schwarz-Ballard took us on a whistle-stop tour of the history of Chicago Botanic Garden's community work, some of their inspiring current projects, like ...

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3/8/18
Outside Our Doors

The Nature Conservancy have worked carefully to present a comprehensive analysis of current evidence on how our human communities need nature in and around them to thrive. This report presents a panoramic view of how our cities and towns benefit from...

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2/14/18
Nature's Riches: The Health and Financial Benefits of Nearby Nature

Nearly 40 years of scientific research demonstrates that the experience of nature in cities contributes to our health and wellness. Having nearby nature in the vicinity of one’s everyday life – whether during your...

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2/14/18
The Power of Trees

New research shows that trees communicate with one another and share nutrients through their roots! They need each other. In urban areas, trees also help us with health, economic and social benefits. They are part of our culture. We need them. So...

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2/14/18
Community Outreach Toolkit

This EPA toolkit uses examples from outreach efforts in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin to provide a helpful framework for state and local agencies, watershed groups, nongovernmental organizations and others in developing effective...

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1/31/18
Public-Private Partnerships: Leveraging the Strengths of Government and The Private Sector

In this four-part series, EFC director Dan Nees speaks with local government leaders who are partnering with the private sector in innovative ways to better manage stormwater and achieve shared community goals.  These seasoned practitioners share...

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1/31/18
SNAP-Ed Toolkit

Nutrition education handouts, Web sites, fact sheets and lesson plans that support the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Part of the SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions Toolkit, check out the links below to find hands-on cooking and tasting lessons...

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1/23/18
SEL Field Guide

The Social and Emotiona Learning (SEL) Challenge was designed to identify promising practices for empathy, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, and problem solving. The Challenge was a partnership in eight...

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1/23/18
Environmental Education Videos: Trans-disciplinary Approaches to Addressing Wicked Problems

Conservation Psychologist and President & CEO of New Knowledge Organization, John Fraser, discusses the theological structure of environmental psychology — how do most people choose to engage with environmental sustainability, and what emotions,...

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12/22/17
Great Urban Parks Campaign: Case Studies

These case studies are successful examples of community engagement, design and planning, fostering partnerships, and procuring funding at parks in Baltimore, Denver, and Atlanta. 

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12/20/17
Go Far, Walk Together: Community Engagement as Transformative Practice

Center for Whole Communities exists to cultivate transformative leadership that weaves together and strengthens movements for justice and the environment. CWC believes that vibrant and equitable communities stem from healthy relationships to ourselves...

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12/13/17
Sustainability and Community Development

After reading this chapter from Introduction to Community Development: Theory, Practice, and Service-Learning, you will better be able to: 

1. Define sustainability and sustainable community development.

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11/13/17
Rallying Support From Within the Community

This presentation details how Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden colloborated with community members through a variety of educational programs throughout Richmond, VA. 

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11/7/17

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