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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
Transformative Nature Engagement: A Toolkit for Public Gardens

Humanity faces numerous challenges in adapting to a changing planet. Public gardens are an ideal setting in which to engage the public on how to be part of the solution. Climate disruption, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity loss, food security,...

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3/4/20
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
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
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
Environmental Education and Indigenous Knowledge

The presenter for this webinar was Megan Bang, Associate Professor in Education and Indigenous Studies, Northwestern University. She focused on the intersection of environmental education and indigenous knowledge. This is a resource for gaining a new...

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7/23/19
Embracing Indigenous Values in Public Gardens and in Our Communities

Public Gardens are positioned to not only support the protection of plants but lessons about how they intersect with thriving communities as well. Indigenous communities and their associated values are critical components to developing solutions to...

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7/9/19
Fostering Collaborations and Engaging Communities Using NAAEE’s Guidelines for Excellence

In the May 2019 installment of the eeINSPIRE webinar series, presented by NAAEE in partnership with the US Forest Service, we heard from Bora Simmons (National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education) and Anne Umali (NAAEE). Watch the...

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6/10/19
Naming and Framing Issues for Deliberation: Resources

Issue guides provide the overall framework for the deliberative discussion and help forum participants focus on alternative courses of action. Key to creating an issue guide is how it is framed - how the issue is defined and what alternative courses of...

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3/25/19
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
The challenge for botanic garden science

Historically, botanic garden science has been dominated by the disciplines of economic
botany and taxonomy. Today, with around 20% of plant species threatened with extinction,
the author argues that unless botanic gardens shift their...

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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
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
Gathering around the Table: How Six Gardens Connect People to Food

We are all connected to plants through the food we eat. A foodbased garden starts conversations and gets people interested while providing an entrée to programs and interpretation in numerous topics including science, history, literature, and even...

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7/9/17
Public Gardens as Agents of Social Empowerment

Connect with the communities you serve to create a better future for us all. Learn how some gardens have worked collaboratively to develop programs the serve both environmental and social goals. Then use the...

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9/24/16
Earth to Sky

Earth to Sky is led by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), and NOAA. Interpreters, educators and scientists join in a collegial environment to learn and share...

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10/27/15
EECapacity for Public Garden Educators

A webinar-based course on environmental education.

EECapacity for Public Garden Educators consists of an introductory video plus three webinar modules. The overall goal of the program is to guide public garden educators as...

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10/16/14