Autumn school holidays are nearly upon us in New Zealand (14-29 April) and here at the Auckland Botanic Gardens we’ve put together a series of free conservation-themed activities for kids (to match our overall conservation theme that runs until July).
We’ve worked with a graduate student, our visitor services team, volunteers and an external contractor to put together and deliver the programme, and look forward to engaging with all the families that attend.
Advertising for the programme is through our local community newspaper, online, social media, email newsletter lists and posters on site. This is traditionally very effective for us, and the advertising cost is practically $0.
Here is the overall programme – leave a comment if you’d like more details or an explanation of how we are running these activities. And let us know what you are planning for the upcoming school holidays!
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.
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?
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:
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.