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6/18/21
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Lunch and Learn! New Plant Heroes Lessons and Activities

Join us for this quick review of the new Plant Heroes lessons and activities. In this presentation, Marisol Mata, Program Manager for the American Public Gardens Association, will cover how the activities are organized, how to put them in practice at...

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4/12/21
Education Community Town Hall: Speaking up for Science and Plant Conservation

Hear about the revamped Plant Heroes grade-school-based program (it's all new!) with Association Program Manager, Marisol Mata. Dana Render, Director of Education with Trees Atlanta will share how they engage and build leadership with adult volunteers...

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12/11/20
Connect, Learn, and Get Inspired with Plant Heroes!

This year has challenged all of us in ways we could never have predicted, but it has also shown how resilient we can be if we work together. Educators have shown incredible flexibility and resolve in the face of uncertain circumstances – forging ahead...

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11/12/20
International Partnerships: Making Connections Between Your Garden and the World

Part of our 2020 Virtual Conference additional resources, this session will offer a perspective on how international partnerships are created, how they can be beneficial for those organizations involved, and issues to consider before making connections...

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6/24/20
Nature Play: Fostering Kinship Between Children and Nature in Botanic Gardens and Beyond

A crucial function of education programming in public gardens is generating relationships between children and nature. We have a unique opportunity to personalize the horticultural aspects of our institutions. In this panel workshop, three...

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3/9/20
“Help, I’ve Fallen into Obscurity!”: Keeping Your Programs Vital to a Maturing Audience

Is your educational programming prepared for the coming “elder boom”? Every day, 10,000 Americans reach the age of 65 and the fastest growing demographic in this country is women over age 85. To remain vital to audiences, public gardens must account...

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3/9/20
Into the Caves with Earth Camp 

Connecting people to nature when you have a cave on your grounds is easy…or is it? Learn about the ups and downs of partnering with other organizations to highlight a special feature on your grounds. Partnerships can be a great way to reach audiences...

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3/5/20
Start With a Story

Story is a powerful, provocative interpretive medium in botanical gardens. Plants already have a hard time attracting the interest of a plant-blind public, and lists of facts do little to bring them alive. Botanical gardens and their collections are...

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3/5/20
Revitalizing Programming for the Changing Botanical Garden Audience

Green Bay Botanical Garden continually strives to meet the wants and needs of its community, but these wants and needs are changing. In the summer of 2018, the Garden hosted its first internationally touring exhibit, and was surprised by the most...

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3/4/20
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
Distance Learning (in the Digital Age)

Denver Botanic Gardens’ School Programs team will present an overview of their distance learning programming that is delivered both virtually and in person to PreK-12 classrooms, libraries, family nights, and after school programs. Our Cultivation...

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3/4/20
Time in Nature: A Benefit for All Ages

Recent research has assessed the many ways in which time in nature impacts us psychologically, physiologically, and behaviorally. This presentation will provide an overview of recent research findings and describe a number of research projects that...

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3/4/20
Breaking Barriers with Creative Community Solutions

In the past two years, Cheekwood has acknowledged the barriers that keep many from participating in programs and decided to act. Because of Cheekwood’s location outside the urban hub of the “it city,” issues like transportation and a lack of...

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3/4/20
We're Not Just Pretty Gardens

Interpretation is the best tool for orienting visitors and connecting them to a garden’s mission. Gardens also function as a gateway to the natural world and a lifelong learning tool for visitors of all ages. Studies have shown that over 80% of garden...

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3/4/20
Words in Bloom: Making Visitor Connections Through Poetry and Literary Programming

Many public gardens seek to connect with visitors in a variety of ways and many are exploring the interface between art, science, and nature. Holden Arboretum just completed an innovative “Seasons of Haiku” program featuring seasonal haikus on their...

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3/4/20
Youth Leadership and Equity in the Outdoors

From the 2020 Education Symposium, this presentation focuses on racial equity and how essential it is for educational programming. An overview of the Cadet Program in the City of Austin Parks & Recreation will be covered. 

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2/18/20
Last Child in the Woods Curriculum Guide

Reading questions and writing prompts developed for Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. 

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12/20/19
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
Communication Planning for New Garden Projects

Opening a new or renovated garden/garden space doesn't end with construction and plants! That's when the communications and marketing teams gear up to prepare the space for visitors and then work to get the word out. Join us to hear from gardens across...

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7/9/19

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