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International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew offer a five-week course in botanic garden education every two years.
The latest course took place between 12th May -13th June, 2014 and offered training about botanic garden education in all its forms to nine professionals from botanic gardens in China, Canada, Oman, Latvia, Greece and Norway, who represent novice educators, but also experienced curators, horticulturalists, teachers and plant scientists.
The next course will run in spring/summer 2016.
Botanic Gardens, with their amazing varieties and numbers of plants, are superb centres for environmental education. The millions of people that visit botanic gardens each year provide a unique opportunity for gardens to influence public attitudes towards plant conservation and the environment.
As concern grows for the detrimental effects that human activity is having on the environment, the need for botanic gardens to become more involved in education has never been so critical.
To run environmental education programmes and to work towards the implementation of Target 14 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), Botanic Gardens Conservation International and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) run the international diploma course in education for botanic garden staff. The aim of the course is to equip participants with the necessary education skills and strategies to communicate effectively to their varied audiences.
The emphasis of the course is on interactive learning and the application of skills to the participants’ working context.
The course programme includes input from guest speakers and visits to museums and gardens running educational programmes. Participants will be given plenty of opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with each other.
The Diploma course emphasises practical learning and development of skills
By the end of the course, you will have all the knowledge and insights needed to create educational strategies for your site.
To facilitate this, the course includes the following topics:
This course consists of a four-week taught module, followed by a one-week project based module.
All participants will also be required to complete and submit a project within four months of completing the course. The project provides a practical focus for the taught element and acts as a basis for the application of skills and knowledge obtained from your studies.
Through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, practical activities and field visits, this course enables participants to develop their skills in a range of botanic garden education strategies.
Lecturers include recognised authorities in their fields, with staff from a range of disciplines at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Botanic Gardens Conservation International and other international institutions and organisations and UK universities.
Course notes will be produced to accompany the course. All course notes and lectures will be in English. Participants should therefore have a good command of English, including knowledge of the appropriate technical terms.
The course is intense and participants will be expected to undertake study and prepare pieces of work outside of course hours.
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- a written project- a written examination with short answer and multiple choice questions- a written reflective journal, produced during the courseAll assessments are moderated by an external examiner.
Successful candidates will receive the International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education. Candidates who complete the course but do not achieve a pass standard will receive a certificate of attendance.
The course is designed specifically for those staff responsible for education in a botanic gardens and allied disciplines. You may be working in, or planning to work in, the field of biodiversity, botanic garden or environmental education or education for sustainable development
Candidates must have good conversational and written English, and a knowledge of the appropriate technical terms.
Whilst aimed primarily aimed at colleagues from developing countries, participants from other countries are encouraged to apply.
The course fee covers:
Please note, the course fee does not include accommodation or subsistence costs.
Grants are available from a variety of bodies and help in locating these can be provided by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and BGCI. However, it is the responsibility of each participant to secure their own funding and to inform the course organisers. Funding is currently being sought to try to establish some bursaries for this course.
There may be a limited number of scholarships avaliable. Potential applicants must complete the international diploma course application form (see below) and also a funding application form - download here as a word document or a PDF.
Participants will be sent, on request, a list of suitable accommodation in the area. Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation and the costs of accommodation are not included in the course fee.
Estimated cost of accommodation for 2012 is £150 per week – this is subject to change.
Participates will also need funding to cover subsistence costs. This is to cover all lunches and evening meals, and any additional transport.
Estimated subsistence cost for 2012 is £100 per week – this is subject to change.
For many participants, the course is their first time in the UK, so the itinerary includes opportunities for various social outings and events, for example to the theatre, museums, or tours of London. These may be arranged by the course organisers or participants.
Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Pat Griggs P.Griggs@kew.org as soon as possible, to ensure places are reserved.
In the event that insufficient fully funded suitable candidates apply, RBG Kew reserves the right to cancel the course.
Read the testimonials from the 2006 group of students to get an idea of why they took part in the course and what they got out of it.
For further details contact:
Dr Asimina Vergou
199 Kew Road
Tel: +44 (0) 208332 5954+44 (0) 208332 5954
The mission of Botanic Gardens Conservation International is: To mobilise botanic gardens and engage partners to secure plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet.
The mission of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is: To enable better management of the Earth’s environment by increasing knowledge and understanding of the plant and fungal kingdoms – the basis of life on earth
The 2012 International Diploma course was very successful, with 10 participants from 10 countries around the world; from Australia to Nigeria, Finland to Turkey, Canada to Kyrgyzstan. Some of them shared their thoughts with us on the experience.