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Web Links: Education in Botanic Gardens

We've compiled these links to online educational resources relating to plants, conservation, and site-based activities. If you know of a resource we could feature here, please let us know.

 

 

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Environmental Education Associations

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Education for Sustainable Development – Guidelines for Action in Botanic Gardens

BGCI has published Guidelines on Education for Sustainable Development. Suitable for those working in botanic gardens and other site-based education centres, it features tips and case studies from botanic gardens around the world. The Guidelines are freely available to all in PDF and printed format.

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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.

National Association for Environmental Education
The NAEE is a network of environmental teachers and lecturers, and all responsible for the delivery of environmental education in schools. The Association works with a range of partners and government. We also produce the Environmental Education journal for members.

Inspiring Learning for All
There are many useful resources for educators on this site. For example, Inspiring Learning for All invites you to * Find out what the people that use your services learn * Assess how well you are achieving best practice in supporting learning * Improve what you do

BGCI Education Blog
BGCI education department are now running a blog for anyone interested in BGCI's work in environmental education. You can leave comments as well as catching up on what's new in the education department.

Cape Farewell - Raising Awareness about Climate Change
Cape Farewell and The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK have teamed up to bring the study and awareness of the ocean's role in regulating global temperatures and its critical relationship to climate change and global warming into the classroom - or your botanic garden education program.

Plant Lives - the Online Resource for Plant Biographies
This website aims to show that plants, like animals, have individual personalities. The individual Biographies of over 3000 species (primarily higher plants but also a few seaweeds, lichens, fungi, etc. from all over the world) are rigourously researched. Subscribers have full access to the site.

Art Plantae - The Home of Practical Botany for Artists
ArtPlantae.com was created to assist artists with their understanding of botany. It is also valuable to anyone interested in drawing plants (e.g., gardeners, nature guides, illustrators, biology students, informal science educators, and K-12 science teachers).

Biology of Plants
The Missouri Botanic Garden have put together this online resource for kids and for teachers to access useful, interesting information about plants. It includes video and lots of other engaging content.

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.

E4S Environmental Teaching Resources
E4S provides teachers with lesson planning materials on the sustainable use of water, textiles and timber resources and issues surrounding waste management. These free online teaching resources and ideas will help you generate classroom activities.

Eco-Sensor Web
The Eco-Sensor Network is located at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. A network of sensors sends real-time environmental data to the interactive website, Visitors can view this data on the graphing page. The site is designed for primary school children and is rich with info and activities.

 
The Nature of Success: Success for Nature
BGCI’s 6th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens, billed as "the best ever", inspired, motivated and brought educators together. The Proceedings are now online - follow the link above.
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.
Target 14: Communicating the Importance of Plant Diversity
This PDF leaflet is for raising awareness about Target 14 of the GSPC. A crucial element of conservation is educating the public and communicating the importance of plants. The leaflet is free to download and print yourself, or you can contact BGCI to discuss distribution of large batches.
"Education for Sustainable Development: Guidelines for Action in Botanic Gardens"
BGCI has published Guidelines on Education for Sustainable Development. Suitable for those working in botanic gardens and other site-based education centres, it features tips and case studies from botanic gardens around the world. The Guidelines are freely available to all in PDF and printed format.