Public Engagement

BGCI's education team support botanic gardens in their public engagement and education efforts through a range of resources, tools and projects

BGCI has an extensive Public Engagement programme that provides a wide range of tools and resources to support and promote the education work of botanic gardens around the world. We host a global congress (the International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens), publish an education journal twice a year (Roots), and provide resources and tools to support best practice education. We also aim to develop and deliver innovative, participatory projects that showcase the important social role of botanic gardens within their local communities.

We are also focusing on how botanic gardens and their millions of visitors can contribute to global conservation challenges. Annually botanic gardens around the world are visited by over 750 million people. We therefore have a huge opportunity to engage this audience in the global challenges that we are currently facing such as climate change, food security and biodiversity, and to the turn that engagement into conservation action.

BGCI's Education Journal: Roots

  • Roots

    Public Engagement / Publication, BGCI Journal / English, Spanish

Ongoing public engagement projects

Ongoing
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Project

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Global Challenge

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and BGCI are partnering for this year’s (2020-2021) Fairchild Challenge Global Challenge: Unsung Plant Scientists. This global challenge is open to all school age learners and celebrates underrepresented plant scientists.
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Ongoing
Project

Food Forever Global Exhibition

The Food Forever Global Exhibition is a series of interpretation resources that are free for botanic gardens to use to develop their own online or in person exhibition about Food Forever.
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Ongoing
Sustainable Development Goals
Project

BGCI Sustainability Challenge

The BGCI Sustainability Challenge aims to work with leading botanic gardens to develop a series of simple, small-scale sustainability challenges, with associated incentives, that aim to empower and bring about behavioural change amongst garden visitors and the broader community.
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Ongoing
RBGE community gardening
Project

Food Sustainability Challenge

The Food Sustainability Challenge is a UK based project funded by The Rothschild Foundation which aims to explore and support the development of food sustainability interventions taking place in UK botanic gardens.
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Public engagement past projects

Completed
Project

BigPicnic

BigPicnic is a three year project that brings together the public, scientists, policy-makers and industry to help tackle the global challenge of food security.
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Completed
Project

INQUIRE

INQUIRE was a European Union funded project which aimed to reinvigorate inquiry-based science education (IBSE) in formal and informal education systems (specifically Learning Outside the Classroom sites) throughout Europe.
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Completed
Project

Communities in Nature

Communities in Nature was a 5 year project that aimed to support botanic gardens to grow their social role.
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Completed
LearnToEngage participants at Science Communication on-site week
Project

LearnToEngage

LearnToEngage is a suite of professional development modules for botanic garden staff and museum educators.
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