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

Nature's Fun I Swear: Engaging High School Students in Outdoor Education
Event Type: 
Session
Track: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 
Cabinet Room
Presenter: 
T. Friday, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, Texas; E. Otte, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York; J. Pedersen, University of Alberta Botanic Garden, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Pre-Registration Required: 
No

Public gardens across the United States and Canada are exposing young adults to the outdoors through interesting and innovative programs. From daily hands-on field trips to youth movements to partnerships with schools, students are developing a better understanding of their environment and a greater appreciation of how they can impact their natural surroundings. Through innovative student programming gardens can support a love of nature and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. Participants will be provided information to engage youth in outdoor education. What tools can we use to reach high school students and support the development of an environmental ethic and interest in STEM careers?