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

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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.

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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

Why do we want to engage our visitors and our community with our landscapes and collections – why are we trying to tell the special stories about our places?  How can we do that more effectively?

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Cost effective signage – Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Cranbourne Gardens.

These are some of the things that I have been thinking about alot over the last few months.

Firstly, as I was writing an article for Janelle Hatherly for the last edition of The  BOTANIC GARDENer on the definition of interpretation (see page 30 here) and secondly this week as I prepared to talk to the latest network meeting of BGANZ Vic on simple and cost effective ways we can bring our gardens to life.

Here is the Powerpoint that I presented to BGANZ Vic:

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I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers

Sharon

Interpretation: Bringing your Collection to Life

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APGA Conference Miami 6-10 June

Changing Perspectives: Planting for the Future

A report on the American Public Gardens Association Conference

Miami, USA, 6 – 10 June 2016. 

By Sharon Willoughby

 

The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) is the peak organisation for Botanic and Public Gardens in the US (formerly the ABGA).  In 2016 APGA and BGANZ established a formal partnership.   Apart from the many benefits of connecting likeminded organisation and networks this new relationship will provide a conference registration scholarship, which will allow one member from each organisation to attend the reciprocal organisations annual conference without paying the conference registration fee.  To cement this new partnership APGA invited me to attend and speak about the role of socially inclusive practice in a modern Botanic Garden at their international section dinner.  My attendance was supported by BGANZ Council, BGANZ (Vic), RBGV and self-funding.  Eamonn Flanagan the Executive Officer of BGANZ also attended the Conference.

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