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Connecting with Plants: Lessons for Life. Sydney, 2002 Proceedings Published

11 March 2005

Find out how RBG Kew prepares its valuable guiding team for their work in the prestigious garden, get inspired by using art in the garden as Brisbane Botanic Garden does, create international links between children by using the example from Brest Botanic garden, examine how to make your garden more accessible to those with visual difficulties, as the Cambridge University Botanic Garden does.

All these examples of best practice and practical outcomes from education programmes are included in this new publication from BGCI.

BGCI is pleased to announce the proceedings of the latest congress on education in botanic gardens, held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, have been published. Available as a CD-Rom (priced $10.00, $14.00, $19.00 for members or $14.00, $19.50, $26.50 for non-members), the proceedings contain papers and articles form some of the leading thinkers in the world of environmental education and education for sustainable development. Themes covered by the congress included:

  • Multiculturalism and indigenous issues in interpretation
  • Novel methods in interpretation and communication
  • Linking science with sustainability
  • Forming partnerships
  • Volunteering
  • Evaluation and research

As we enter the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainability, the experiences and knowledge of contributors to this congress will provide educators with a valuable resource of ideas, research and practical solutions to communicating the sustainability message. Many of the papers are thought provoking as well as practical - looking at issues many of us will have had to deal with within our own work, and suggest interesting ways of dealing with problems.

The proceedings, including papers from India, U.S.A, England, France, Australia, South Africa and Sweden, are available as a CD Rom (price $5.00, $7.00, $9.50 for members or $8.00, $12.00, $15.00 for non members, click through to the BGCI publications page to order), or from the new BGCI resource Plants for the Planet: Resources for Botanic Gardens, price $12 ($18, $23 for BGCI members) or $18 $27, $34 for non-members).

BGCI would like to acknowledge its appreciation of Chris Hobson, one of BGCI's invaluable team of volunteers, who is the editor of the Sydney Proceedings. He has done a wonderful job in putting the papers and contributions from congress presenters together and we are very grateful to him for all his hard work.

Any queries or comments about this publication, please contact BGCI's education department,

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