Posted in BGANZ, Botanic Garden

Wollongong Botanic Garden’s Recycled Discovery Centre

Post by Michael Connor, Wollongong Botanic Garden

Watch this entertaining video and prepare to be inspired!
The Recycled Discovery Garden showcases a fun new approach to educating about sustainability at Wollongong Botanic Garden, especially for young visitors. This garden features quirky growing containers, such as used furniture, old bird cages and car tyres. The aim of the garden is to inspire children to get up close and engage with the flowers and edible plants. It gives them some understanding of where food comes from.

Advertisements
Posted in Professional Development

You’re invited! Come to the BGEN workshop at the BGANZ 2017 Congress

BGANZ congress

The BGANZ Congress is just around the corner! If you haven’t registered yet, don’t delay, it’s going to be a great event.

The BGEN committee invites you to an interactive BGEN workshop on Monday 23 October at 4.15pm. If you are involved in the areas of education, interpretation, visitor and public programs, outreach and community engagement, and adult learning this workshop is for you. You’ll get to meet fellow botanic garden educators and share best practice, get excellent ideas and inspiration, and learn why BGEN is a valuable forum for sharing experiences and resources.

The workshop will be collaborative and high-energy, you’ll leave inspired with new ideas and new connections. Bring along examples of projects and ideas you’d like to share and we’ll learn from each other.

If you’d like to know more about the BGEN workshop ahead of the Congress, please contact Julia Watson, BGEN convenor: julia.watson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Posted in Professional Development

NZAEE 8th Biennial Conference: An Ecosystem for Environmental Education

NZAEENZAEE (the New Zealand Association for Environment Education) promotes environmental education initiatives at both a national and regional level in New Zealand.

Join the NZAEE conference in April 2018, and see their call for abstracts below:

Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 April 2018

Wellington Girls College, Wellington, New Zealand

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Continue reading “NZAEE 8th Biennial Conference: An Ecosystem for Environmental Education”

Posted in school holiday programme

Native Plant Survival Challenge

Learn about native plants while you have fun!

A great school holiday programme activity is a native plant survival challenge. We simply pick a selection of specific native plants (or print some photos of certain ones if we can’t get hold of  them e.g. flowers or fruit depending on the time of the year). These native plants are laid out on a table, and kids with their families have to match which plants are used for which activities in the bush. E.g. Rangiora leaves (Brachiglottis) is used as toilet paper – which as you can imagine the kids love to learn.

Native plant survival challengeWe set up six sets of the same activity to handle large numbers of people.

native plant challenge layout

At the end of the challenge, kids are encouraged to draw a picture of what they would take into the bush, which we then add to a portfolio they leave with us, or take home with them.

Kids and parents alike love learning about how useful native plants are, and always enjoy this activity as a family. It’s simple, cheap (we created the cards once and use them repeatedly) and a wonderful way to enthuse visitors about plants.