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Just Language: Invasive Species Dialogue

The language we use to describe the world around us plays a role in creating the framework we use to understand it. While we share a common connection to the natural world, the way we teach and talk about it can prevent us from having conversations...

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2/3/21
Telling the Whole Story: Using an Inclusive Interpretation of Gardens & Historic Landscapes to Reach a Broader Audience

Hear from a diverse panel on how to use inclusive interpretation of gardens and historic landscapes to reach a broader audience.

Panelists include Shaun Spencer-Hester of the Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum, Lynchburg, VA; Peggy Cornett...

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1/19/21
IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3

In December 2020 the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3 found that climate change is now the biggest threat to natural World Heritage globally. This report, IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3, builds on three cycles of Conservation Outlook Assessments undertaken...

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1/13/21
Biocultural stewardship: Transforming our urban and community forestry practices

Diverse perspectives and approaches to learning and knowing can strengthen our work in urban and community forestry. Indigenous and local knowledge is embedded in the concept of biocultural stewardship - an approach to working with communities...

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12/28/20
Reflecting on 2020: Navigating the Trials, Triumphs & Transformation of Cultural Organizations in the Pandemic Era

2020 has been a challenging and transformative year for the cultural sector. When museums first closed their doors in March, no one could have predicted the profound era of disruption and change the COVID-19 pandemic would usher in for cultural...

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12/16/20
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
Lunch and Learn! Artists Activate: Environmental Connection, Conservation, & Community

This session highlights the unique roles artists and art play in creatively inspiring, engaging, and empowering the public to care about nature, and take action to address today's critical ecological issues. Elayna Toby Singer shares strategies from...

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12/2/20
Barriers to Nature Engagement for Youth of Color

Nature engagement provides physical, psychological, and social benefits. Yet access to and use of local nature sites, parks, and greenspace is not always equitable, particularly for communities of color. To enhance understanding of the barriers to...

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12/1/20
Rethinking Nontraditional: Navigating a Biology Career While Black

Scientists often face career hurdles when they take what some see as a “nontraditional path.” The traditional scientific career, however, has been defined primarily by white scientists. In this talk, Dr. Halane will discuss his career as a Black...

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12/1/20
Using botanic gardens and arboreta to help identify urban trees for the future

Diversification of urban forests is essential to enhance their resilience to future biotic
threats as well as those posed by a changing climate. Arboreta and botanic gardens
host a wide range of plant material that can be evaluated to...

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11/9/20
Behind The Scenes: 2020 Annual Conference

Pivoting from in-person to virtual events is never easy, especially when a pandemic is the root cause of the shift. In an effort to share tips, tricks, and insights from the American Public Gardens Associations' shift from an in-person to virtual event...

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10/12/20
The state of the world’s urban ecosystems: What can we learn from trees, fungi, and bees?

Positive interactions between people and nature inspire behaviours that are in harmony
with biodiversity conservation and also afford physical and mental health benefits.
Since most people live in towns and cities, urban greenspaces are...

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10/9/20
Plant awareness disparity: A case for renaming plant blindness

“Plant blindness” is the cause of several problems that have plagued botany outreach
and education for over a hundred years. The general public largely does not notice
plants in their environment and therefore do not appreciate how...

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10/9/20
Botanical Gardens in a Time of Crisis: Targeted Results from a National Study of Attenders and the Public

Soon after coronavirus started spreading in the United States, Slover Linett and LaPlaca Cohen collaborated to launch a large-scale audience research study to help inform decision making in arts and culture organizations, including public gardens. The...

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10/7/20
Anti-racism in the Outdoors Resource Guide

In this tumultuous period, in which we’re each striving to increase our knowledge of and sensitivity to racial equity issues, we were motivated to research and compile this resource guide to ‘Anti-racism in the Outdoors: Resources related to inclusion...

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8/5/20
The Ultimate Guide to Surviving and Thriving as a Cultural Organization in the 21st Century

The role, demands, and expectations for those arts and cultural organizations in the museum
community – which includes a vast and diverse mix of aquariums, arboreta, art museums, botanic
gardens, children’s museums, cultural museums,...

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7/27/20
Unlocking Boundaries: Propagating Native Plants with Incarcerated Populations

Stacy Moore and Tyler Knapp present this webinar on Propagating Native Plants with Incarcerated Populations. 

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7/9/20
COVID-19 & Sustainability Discussion: Recap & Reflection

This group discussion, facilitated by AASHE’s Executive Director, Meghan Fay Zahniser, was guided by these questions:

  • How are you continuing to make progress during this challenging time?
  • What additional resources have been
  • ...
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6/24/20
Membership Marketing, Audience Shifts & Community Engagement after Coronavirus

After almost two months of coronavirus closures, many museums and cultural organizations are preparing to welcome visitors and members back. However, while organizations may be reopening, many are doing so in a graduated way and facing new challenges....

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6/10/20
Diversity and Community Support in Membership and Visitor Services

Across the nation, we are deeply shaken and distressed by the death of George Floyd and the widespread injustice towards the Black community. In light of current events and the national reckoning with deeply-rooted systemic racism in our country, it is...

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6/10/20

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