Posted in BGANZ, Botanic Garden, school holiday programme

Spring into the school holidays

Looking for ideas for school holiday programmes? Maybe there’s an activity on this programme you’d like to recreate. If you’d like more details on a specific activity, let me know in the comments and I’d be very happy to create a step-by-step blog post on it.

Spring poster

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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

Educators, practitioners and supporters of environmental education are invited to submit abstracts of short presentations, short workshops, long workshops, or another format to be considered for the 2018 conference.

The closing date for abstract submission is 8pm on September 7th 2017, with no exceptions.

THEMES

It has never been a more exciting & challenging time to be an environmental educator in New Zealand and around the world. Join us as we examine the challenges and celebrate progress and successes in the Wellington region, nationally and beyond, through a diverse and fascinating array of presentations, workshops, field trips and networking opportunities.

This conference will be exploring two core streams that support our ‘Ecosystem for Environmental Education’ theme.

The Ecosystem for Environmental Education represents the vast and interconnected network of individuals and organisations without whom our successes wouldn’t be possible. Throughout this conference, we’ll be exploring our own ecosystem and the ways we can nurture it to ensure its health for decades to come.

  • Celebrating and Strengthening Collaboration

This stream will celebrate current collaborations – identifying key aspects that make them successful and exploring tools and participatory design that will improve collaboration between partners and the wider community.

  • Expanding Environmental Education

This stream will explore and celebrate the contributions made by individuals and organisations that are not traditionally aligned with school-based education. This may include tertiary education providers, businesses, NGO’s, and private individuals.

More info here: http://nzaee.org.nz/ and here NZAEE 2018 Conference Call for Abstracts

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.

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Pizza Plants – kids trail

Pizza plantsAs part of our current display (which is all about which plants are in our food), we’ve put together a garden trail for kids.
The pizza plants trail is designed to encourage children and families to grow simple plants at home that can then be used as tasty pizza toppings. We have a trail guide that can be picked up at our visitor centre, and then a series of signs in our edible garden and herb garden highlighting the relevant plants and their uses.
Kids are then also encouraged to pick up an envelope of beetroot seeds to grow at home once they have completed the trail.
Garden trails are very popular here at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, and we have printed 5000 copies to be distributed over the three month period of the theme.

Pizza plants inner
Inner page of the Pizza Plants kids trail – including map, list of plants to check as they find them and colouring in.
Pizza plants back
Front and back pages of the kids trail – the A4 sheet is folded twice times to form a DLE.
trail sign
Example of a trail sign that can be found in the garden as part of the pizza plants trail. Signs are 600mm in diameter and printed on ACM which can be reskinned for subsequent use.