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Botanic Gardens Education Network conference 5-7 Nov 2014

7 October 2014

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park will host the next Botanic Gardens Education Network Conference 'Learning for Sustainable Development', 5th-7th November 2014, Devon, United Kingdom. Combine a trip to the beautiful English Riviera with enhancing your understanding of Sustainable Development. Join informal science educators at the action packed BGEN conference at one of the South West's most exciting visitor attractions, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.

This conference includes guided tours of the zoo and park, micro case studies and a 'Speed Making’ session – an amazing fast paced chance to swap practical activity ideas with colleagues. It will feature presentations from a wide diversity of education experts:

  • Emma Williams, Oxford Botanic Garden: ‘Planet Botanics; making the case for ‘green’ activities’
  • Stephen Woollard, Edinburgh Zoo: ‘How to achieve knowledge and behaviour change with emotional engagement’
  • Ralph Underhill, Common Cause for Nature: ‘Understand your visitors – why the psychology of their values matter to your work’
  • Sue Errington, Development Education Exeter: ‘Food for thought; bucket loads of food growing ideas for activities
  • Devon Composting: ‘Practical ways to get schools composting’
  • Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo: ‘Shrapnel, salad, sandbags, silk stockings and sustainability – what we can learn from world war 2 gardens’
  • Hadvig Murray, Community Permaculture: ‘Practical ways to use permaculture and community growing’
  • Clare Hill, National Trust: ‘Garden wildlife activities to contribute to eco-awards’
  • Lisa Stroud, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park: ‘simples games played with visitors that lead to behaviour change in biodiversity conservation’
  • Asimina Vergou, BGCI: ‘Beyond the walled garden; taking your botanical expertise into the community’

Paignton Zoo has been a zoo since it opened in 1923 and botanic garden since 1946. They are renowned for animal-based conservation, education and research work, but also boast an extensive collection of plants from around the globe.

Download the programme or visit BGEN's website for more information.

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