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Community Engagement and Conservation: Introducing Two Resources for Environmental Educators

Environmental educators everywhere work in a constantly shifting landscape, from changing demographics that offer new opportunities and challenges, to an increase in the scale and scope of environmental and social issues facing every community on the...

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3/26/21
How Evaluations Shape The Stories We Tell About Our Programs: Capturing and Sharing Impact at Public Gardens

How public gardens and arboreta evaluate their education programs determines the stories they can tell about those programs’ ability to positively impact their targeted audience and the broader community, and to build collaborations with research...

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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
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
Examining Equitable and Inclusive Work Environments in Environmental Education: Perspectives from the Field and Implications for Organizations

This study, led by the Research Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science, was commissioned as part of a planning grant, funded by the Pisces Foundation, to support the design of a professional learning workshop series for outdoor science organizations....

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7/29/19
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
Get on the Path Toward Understanding Your Audiences and Impact

Many gardens collect basic information on their visitors as they walk through the gate, however traditional demographics only scratch the surface when trying to understand our audiences and impact. We can describe our visitors superficially, but how do...

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7/9/19
Engaging Diverse Audiences in Conservation and Research through Citizen Science

Citizen science offers the opportunity to actively involve a variety of audiences both on site and in communities with our collections, our research, and our conservation activities, increasing scientific and environmental literacy as well as awareness...

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7/8/19
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. 

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5/20/19
What determines how we see nature? Perceptions of naturalness in designed urban green spaces

The multiple benefits of ‘nature’ for human health and well‐being have been documented at an increasing rate over the past 30 years. A growing body of research also demonstrates the positive well‐being benefits of nature‐connectedness. There is,...

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4/22/19
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
Adopt-A-Pond/Field/Park Example Documents

Attached are a series of documents from various institutions and states that desribe their Adopt-A-Pond, Field, or Park Programs. These documents can serve as templates for those interested in adopting their own specific guidelines, applications, and...

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4/1/19
Brookside Gardens Stroll for Wellness

The positive benefits of exposure to nature and green spaces related wellness are well documented. A structured walk in a garden setting combination with reflective journaling may result in profound outcomes for  people suffering from PTSD (post-...

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4/1/19
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
Guidelines for Excellence Professional Development of Environmental Educators

Professional Development of Environmental Educators: Guidelines for Excellence is a set of
recommendations about the basic knowledge and abilities educators need to provide high quality
environmental education. The guidelines are designed...

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2/14/19
Evaluating Awareness of Horticulture Therapy in the Omaha Area

Horticulture therapy, where gardens, landscapes, and other plant materials are used to increase
overall wellness or reach defined therapeutic goals, has a body of research which supports its
effectiveness. To assess potential clients’...

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1/8/19
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
An Evaluation of Food Systems Education and Interpretation in U.S. Public Gardens

The primary goals of this research were to 1) determine how public gardens are addressing food systems education, 2) discern what information gardens communicate about challenges facing food systems, and 3) identify barriers to including challenging...

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3/1/18

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