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  • Formal Education at Public Gardens
    Patsy Benveniste, Vice PresidentEducation and Community Programs
    2011 APGA Presentation
  • What Does “Formal Education” Mean?
    Formal education in public gardens means
    lessons, activities and classes that
    Convene students (of any age) in a structured way under the guidance of a subject-qualified teacher
    Have defined educational goals with associated curricula and materials
    Are capable of evaluation and replication
  • What is its Use?
    Formal education programs
    Signal a garden’s philosophy, values and future direction
    Allow the garden to communicate in depth with the larger knowledge community
    Effect change
  • What is Formal Education’s Leverage Power?
    Benefits the garden’s ongoing operations
    Inspires and motivates short and long term goals
    Influences public discourse and action about the environment
    Shapes innovation in the education system
    Brings sustainable practices and behaviors to broad awareness
  • Who are the Audiences?
    Early Childhood
    Elementary school students
    After school students (Scouts, etc.)
    Child specialty
    High School students – in school and summer
    College students – in school and summer
    Post-graduate students
    Teachers, PreK-12
    Adult life-long learners
    Adult landscape workers
    Adult certificate students
    Adult healthcare and design professionals
    Corporate sustainability managers
    Human service agency sites
    City and county environmental managers (forest preserve districts, natural areas managers)
  • 10
  • 16
  • 20
  • Publications for Professionals
  • Richard J. Daley College
    Arturo Velasquez West Side Technical Institute/ Continuing Education
  • Informal
    Programs
    Kids &
    Families
    Secondary,
    Undergrad and
    Grad Studies
    K-8
    School Field
    Trips
    Teacher
    Training
    Library
    Collections
    Garden Site
    Education
    Science Camps
    &
    After-School
    Health &
    Wellness
    Adult
    Continuing
    Education
  • Community
    Garden
    Support
    Hort Therapy
    for Clients at
    Agency Sites
    School Garden
    Assistance
    Off-Site
    Education
    Adult workforce
    training &
    certification
    School-based
    teacher and
    student
    training
    Youth Training
    In
    Communities
  • Hybrid
    Teaching and
    Certification
    Programs
    Consultation,
    design and staff
    training services
    K-8 Curriculum
    dissemination
    & training
    Hybrid
    Education
    Cooperative,
    Multi-garden
    Initiatives
    Collaborative,
    multi-site adult
    courses
    Citizen Science
    programs
  • Hallmarks of Good Programs
    Place-based
    Project-based
    Developmentally appropriate
    Accessible
    Internally collaborative
    Responsive to external standards
    Evaluated
  • Basic Rules for Delivery and Management
    Education programs should be
    Reflective of the garden’s larger mission
    Able to take full advantage of the garden’s natural and designed spaces
    Sensitive to the audience
    Internally collaborative
    Connected with the larger community
    Business smart
  • Start with Staff
    Hire an educator first!
    Quality trumps quantity -- and sustains itself over time
    Find a way to offer professional development on a regular basis
    Put educators in dialogue with other department staff, no silos allowed
    Welcome volunteer expertise and assistance, but manage it carefully
  • Funding the Programs
    Garden-based programs are sexy to funders
    A balance of earned and raised revenue signals astute management
    Ambitious programs evolve over time: “under promise and over deliver”
    Understandand implementongoing program evaluation
  • “HUMAN HISTORY CAN BE UNDERSTOOD
    AS THE RACE BETWEEN
    CATASTROPHE AND EDUCATION.”
    H.G. Wells