Children don’t come to a garden alone, and documentation shows they gain a more enduring and meaningful experience if accompanied by adults who interact with them and play along.
It’s time to help the grown-ups find their way “out of the woods” to become effective and comfortable guides for children during a visit to the family garden. Through case studies, learn how to give parents the cues they need to take the garden experience beyond the garden gate to meaningful discussions around the
Presenters: Cindy Tyler, Terra Design Studios; Jenny Rigby, The Acorn Group; and Lisa Davis, Denver Botanic Gardens
Does your institution host events, business meetings, or luncheons?
Don’t overlook these clients as potential volunteers. Using volunteerism and team building activities to engage these sales clients can create a lasting personal
connection to your institution. Once that connection is made, individuals are more likely to return as a patron, member, or volunteer. Learn how volunteering can
strengthen and cultivate community connections while supporting the mission statement of your institution.
Presenter: Tracey Barnes, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Digital nature photography education creates positive cross-disciplinary participatory environmental education experiences, particularly for at-risk youth, while also creating sources of good quality images for multiple uses by the host garden. Explore possibilities for your own garden and learn the basics for creating
visually compelling images to connect people to plants.
Presenter: Molly Steinwald, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Can a scientific tree collection ever be a real visitor attraction?
Yes! These collections represent a missed opportunity for engaging visitors in science learning. Over the last three years, the UC Davis Arboretum has transformed
Shields Oak Grove from a traditional, sleepy tree collection into a lively destination. A new interpretive trail, student-created Art/Science Fusion installations,
musical performances, visitor-tested interpretive signs, and a cell phone audio tour engage visitors in new ways. These interpretive elements bring forward rich and
compelling stories related to the natural and cultural history of the trees that resonate with visitors of all ages.
Presenter: Emily Griswold, UC Davis Arboretum
This session will provide a clear, comprehensive outline of how to create an interpretive master plan, in-house.
Creating an interpretive plan is on many organizations’ “to do” lists, but often staff isn’t quite sure how to tackle it. Using a real-world example, this session will clearly outline the step-by-step process involved in creating an interpretive master plan that is supported by staff on all levels.
Presenter: Sarah H. Fiorello, Cornell Plantations
Join a discussion with fresh perspectives about developing spaces and programs for youth in public gardens.
The panelists represent a range of institutions: gardens and arboreta, small and large institutions, different regions of the country, different communities, and different
stages of their projects. These institutions share an interest in maximizing the potential of resources to address community needs while supporting institutional
missions. Each presenter will describe an approach to designing spaces and programs to promote environmental awareness, healthy living practices, parent-child interaction, and sustainable design.
Presenters: Sharon L. Graper, The Holden Arboretum; Sandy Tanck, The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum; Kavana Anderson, Sarah P. Duke Gardens; and Katherine Johnson, Chicago Botanic Garden
Inspired by ongoing discussions between adult education managers nationwide, this session aims to address the biggest worries, confusions, and opportunities for those who create and manage programs.
Participants will come away with a new understanding of finding ways to produce successful programming and avoid pitfalls.
Presenters: Steen Allard-Lawson and Tina Wilson, Desert Botanical Garden; Joan McClintock, Longwood Gardens; and Matthew Cole, Denver Botanic Gardens
STEM and the Garden is a “win-win” collaboration.
Be inspired, grow next-gen leaders, and advance organizational initiatives at the same time by implementing STEM education programs at your garden. Moderator
Eric Fingerhut, the vice president of education at Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest non-profit research organization, will guide a conversation with
experts from STEM’s founding high school, “Metro Early College High School”, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the Ohio State University,
which have opened their facilities as hands-on STEM laboratories.
Presenters: Eric Fingerhut, Battelle Memorial Institute; Aimee Kennedy, Metro Early College High School (STEM); Pierluigi (Enrico) Bonello, Ohio State University; Ellen Grevey, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens