American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Cultivating Diversity: How Backpacks, GPS Units, and iPods Can Expand Organizational Reach and Encourage Inclusivity
Event Type: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:15am to 11:45am
Cabinet Room
R. Preyer, The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, North Carolina
Pre-Registration Required: 

Loaner programs including backpacks with naturalist equipment for children, GPS units for Geocaching, and iPods for Citizen Science, have become a popular and effective way for arboreta and botanical gardens to broaden the impact of their missions and include populations that may not have the financial or physical access to properties. This presentation will discuss the merits of the Loaner Backpack Program at The North Carolina Arboretum and its impacts. Rich Preyer will help participants understand the benefits of loaning backpacks and iPods on and offsite; and provide a blueprint as to how other similar organizations can use loaner programs to diversify visitor demographics, extend organizational reach, and increase the accessibility of institutions and their missions to the public.