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BGCI Education Portal - Making your garden come alive

Welcome to the resources section of the Education Centre.  Here you will find a wide range of information on plant-based education.  Our aim is to support you to raise awareness about the importance of plants and to promote the need for every one of us to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.  In this section you will find:

  • Roots – BGCI’s trilingual education review.  Roots is published twice a year and contains a wealth of information - case studies, activities, resources and the latest research in botanic garden and plant-based education.  Each issue is themed with previous issues covering topics such as teacher training, water, evaluation, play, ecotourism and climate change. 
  • Roots indexes are available to help you find exactly what you need. 
  • E-update – BGCI’s electronic newsletter for plant-based educators
  • Guidelines and policy – frameworks for developing and implementing education in botanic gardens and for supporting funding applications
  • Education congress proceedings - BGCI's education congresses allow educators, teachers and researchers to meet and discuss their work, share ideas and gain inspiration and understanding about environmental education and education for sustainability 
  • Case studies – be inspired by programmes run in botanic gardens around the globe
  • Web links – links to education journals, environmental education groups and resource suppliers
  • Resource chest – here’s where we keep a whole range of resources from teaching materials to books.  Use BGCI’s search engine to find the resource relevant for your education programme.
  • See our groundbreaking education for climate change resources in English, Spanish , Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese

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6th Education Congress: Proceedings Now Available
BGCI’s 6th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens in September has been billed as "the best ever". This unique gathering of the leading figures in botanic garden education inspired, motivated and brought people together. The Proceedings are now online - follow the link above.

Big Answers to Big Questions
Big Answers to Big Questions was an extensive public program about water, heritage landscapes and genetically modified organisms held at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney from March to August 2005. BABQ aimed to present new perspectives and give everyone the chance to contribute to informed debate.

Roots with Shoots
In 2003 Milner Gardens and Woodland (MG&W) began an intergenerational gardening program for schoolchildren (Shoots) and volunteer garden mentors (Roots), called “Roots and Shoots”. It is a hands-on nature/ecology program in which ‘Shoots' and 'Roots’ share laughter and learning.

The Open CD
A collection of free, high-quality software, largely compatible with MS Office and other standard software but completely free. Excellent for anyone wanting alternatives to Microsoft either due to limited budgets or on principle. Designed to appeal to computer users in developing countries.

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International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education
BGCI and RBG Kew offer an international diploma course in education for botanic garden staff. Participants will learn education skills and strategies to get their message across effectively to varied audiences. The emphasis is on interactive learning.