Education & Science Dual Session
Event Type: 
Education & Science
Date / Time: 
Fri June, 10 - 11:45am to 1:15pm

Session 1: Healing Hearts and Minds through Strolls for Well-Being

Searching for a new way to demonstrate your public garden is “more than just a pretty place?” Attend and learn to harness your garden’s power to improve lives. Public gardens can be a source of reflection and healing for people recovering from illness, loss, or dealing with life transition. Learn how the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and Bloedel Reserve implemented Strolls for Well-Being programs to provide inspiration to people who need it. Scalable and adaptable to any garden, core program components include a guided meditation handbook covering twelve themes like awareness, forgiveness, and joy, coupled with facilitated group sessions.

PresentersE. Moydell, Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Washington; W. Lo, Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden, Delray Beach, Florida.

Session 2: Breaking Traditional Boundaries with Adventure Programming

Wondering how to host a mud run without the mud? Come on a fun adventure and discover how to host a version of RBG’s Adventure Challenge Course in your garden or arboretum. Think about using your space differently, and engage new youth and family audiences using team-based challenge and active participation as fundamental principles to let them experience nature on a different level. Completely scalable from the perspectives of obstacles, organizational budget, and visitor participation; a challenge or obstacle course can fit within almost any space with creative thinking and cross-departmental teamwork.

PresenterS. Hall, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario.