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GARDEN EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: TURNING PROBLEMS INTO OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERSHIP APGA 2012 Patsy Benveniste

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN STATEMENT OF VALUES:

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN STATEMENT OF VALUES Beautiful gardens and natural environments are fundamentally important to the mental and physical well-being of all people. People live better, healthier, and more satisfying lives when they can create, care for, and enjoy gardens. The future of life on Earth depends on how we understand, value, and protect plants and the habitats on which they depend.

Six Ways for Public Gardens to Make a Better Difference:

Six Ways for Public Gardens to Make a Better Difference Stem Education and science career mentoring for under-represented students Urban Agriculture training for youth and adults Training and Transitional Jobs for incarcerated Caring attentively for an aging population Serving Special Needs and returning veterans Climate Change Education for all

STEM Education: Science Career Continuum:

STEM Education: Science Career Continuum

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6 Science First and College First— growing the next generation of environmental scientists

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Science First Two 4-week science immersion sessions for 40+ CPS students, Grades 8-10

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College First: 8-week summer class, paid work and academic year coaching for 20 students, Grades 11-12

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Moving Forward College First: Off-site research experiences First CF graduate holds REU Internship this summer Five CF graduates placed with corporate sponsors for paid summer internships Digital badges that recognizes student achievement out of class

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Urban Agriculture Training for Youth and Adults

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APGA Healthy Food Gardens Task Force Food garden education for school teachers Garden programs for middle and high school students in the summer Training youth as advocates for healthy and affordable food community college partnerships for adult certificate programs

Training and Transitional Jobs for Incarcerated and Recently Released :

Training and Transitional Jobs for Incarcerated and Recently Released

Caring Attentively for an Aging Population :

Caring Attentively for an Aging Population

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Serving Special Needs Visitors and Returning Veterans :

Serving Special Needs Visitors and Returning Veterans

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Understand the extent of general population need: physical and developmental disability; autism; Alzheimer Disease Make garden accessible and welcoming for children and adults of all abilities Be alert to needs of veterans with TBI, PTSD and limb/sight losses

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Climate Change Education for All:

Climate Chan ge Education for All

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Be current on global, U.S. and regional climate change forecasts. Integrate CC education curricula into programs for students, teachers and adults. Collaborate with environmental groups and corporations to increase impact. Speak out!

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CO2 and other greenhouse gases are at their highest level in 400,000 years The planet is warming faster than any time in last 10,000 yrs. Many plants will not be able to shift ranges to keep pace with warming

Understanding Nature’s Calendar:

Understanding Nature’s Calendar Phenology is the science that measures the timing of life cycle events in all organisms Not to be confused with Phrenology, the study of bumps on heads! Or Phonology, the study of how sounds are organized and used in language. phōnḗ -ol- ō -gy

Ecological mismatches:

Ecological mismatches Phenological changes are particularly troubling when mutualistic relationships are disrupted, such as when a plant is cued by temperature and an animal by day length. For example, the English oak blooms two weeks earlier and moth larvae hatch two weeks earlier to feed on the leaves. The pied flycatcher used to arrive when the larvae hatched to feed on them. Now the larvae population is dwindling when the birds arrive and the bird population is declining as a result.

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Seed banking Climate envelope modeling Studies on carbon sequestration Citizen science projects Project BudBurst Floral Report Card: a global change monitoring garden Developing strategies and policy for plant conservation in a changing climate Chicago Botanic Garden’s Programs Related To Climate Change

What Mahatma Ghandi Really Said:

What Mahatma Ghandi Really Said “ If we ( Public Gardens ) could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man ( Garden ) changes his ( its ) own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him ( for the better ). We need not wait to see what others do.”

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