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SEL Field Guide

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is difficult work. It requires thinking and talking about ongoing emotions and relationships, topics that are complicated and sometimes taboo. This field guide presents curriculum features (organizational practices...

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10/22/19
K–12 Environmental Education: Guidelines for Excellence

K–12 Environmental Education: Guidelines for Excellence provides students, parents, caregivers, educators and others a roadmap to achieving environmental literacy by setting expectations for fourth (age 10), eighth (age 14) and twelfth grade (age 18)...

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7/29/19
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education Addressing Policy, Practice, and Research That Matters

Children who spend more time outdoors are more physically active and have fewer behavioral problems than those who spend less time outdoors. No studies to date have evaluated physical activity and behavioral outcomes in an exclusively outdoor nature...

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7/29/19
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
Empowering Learners Beyond the Classroom

Educational programs in public gardens are connecting learners, both teachers and students, with the outside world. The BRIT professional learning experience allows teachers to build student-centered learning opportunities that engage learners in...

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7/9/19
Garden Experiences and "Aha" Moments: Connecting Youth to Science, Stewardship, and Health

Research studies have found that students enjoy learning environmental science concepts in a hands-on, active, and experiential way, and outdoor components add depth and meaning to their indoor learning activities. Washington Youth Garden (WYG), a...

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6/28/19
Making the Case for Affirming Children’s Voices in Early Childhood Nature-Based Initiatives

Young children have the right to a say in matters of relevance to them. And, research is showing that they are capable of exercising this right, given developmentally appropriate opportunities. Exciting new approaches to lifting children’s voices in...

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5/20/19
Policy Considerations for STEAM Education

Limited funding for STEAM education can create barriers that hamper program
offerings, student participation, staffing, professional development, resources or
access to after-school programs. States have taken innovative approaches to...

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5/1/19
Earth Day Toolkits

Earth Day is coming soon. Be prepared to engage visitors, students in higher education, K-12 students, and more! 

Climate Education Week occurs annually the week leading up to Earth Day. This year it will run Monday, April 15th to Earth Day,...

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4/4/19
The Ultimate Guide to Creating Sustainability Changemakers

Go-to Guide for Creating a New Generation of Changemakers Capable of Transitioning Our World to a Sustainable Future:

  • Understand the role of experiential learning in environmental and sustainability education
  • ...
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4/4/19
China Educator’s Guide

China is home to an astounding number of species, 31,500, and 12 percent of these species
can be found only in China. The Missouri Botanical Garden, working with an international
team and the Chinese government for 25 years, is on track...

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1/30/19
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
Phylogeny and source climate impact seed dormancy and germination of restoration relevant forb species

For many species and seed sources used in restoration activities, specific seed germination
requirements are often unknown. Because seed dormancy and germination traits can be
constrained by phylogenetic history, related species are often...

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11/21/18
Enter at Your Own Risk: Creating Authentic Children's Gardens in a Built World

This presentation from the 2018 Annual Conference in SoCal covered the costs of engineering risk free children's gardens and the importance of these garden's today. 

 
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8/27/18
Education Community Webinar: Growing a Nature Preschool

The Education Community Webinar (August, 2018) on Growing a Nature Preschool features Eileen Prendergast, Director of Education, Chicago Botanic Garden, and Rebecca Wolf, Assistant Director/Director of Education and Garden Operations, Queens Botanical...

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8/27/18
Teaching Tools in Plant Biology

Teaching Tools in Plant Biology, published by the American Society of Plant Biologists, combines up-to-date peer-reviewed research-based content with flexible presentation components that can be used alone or integrated into your lesson plans so that...

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7/5/18
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
Growing a Nature Preschool

What is a Nature Preschool? Why are they important? And how on earth do you keep all those kids away from the poison ivy? Panelists from Queens Botanical Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, and Newfields will share stories of opening a nature-based...

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6/21/18
Beyond the Children's Garden Gate: Five Creative Ideas for Young Families

After opening the Lena Meijer Children's Garden in 2004, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park saw a 25% increase in membership and observed that more young families were visiting Meijer Gardens than ever before. Staff were presented with a new...

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6/19/18
Status and Education Programs of Public Children’s Gardens in the United States

The purpose of this study was to examine the status and education programs of public children’s gardens in the United States and evaluate their role as a place to provide nature experiences and learning for children.

 

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3/21/18

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