Youth Gardening Symposium: Call for Proposals
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Youth Gardening Symposium: Call for Proposals

Announcement from Fiona Doherty, Cornell Garden-Based Learning Educator Enrichment Specialist:

Cornell Garden-Based Learning is excited to host the American Horticultural Society National Youth Gardening Symposium in July 2018. Please consider submitting a session proposal by December 8th, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.  We’re glad to offer a quick read to your proposal if you send it to us well before the deadline.

Cornell Garden-Based Learning Educator Enrichment
Ithaca, NY 14853
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National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
Call for Session Proposals

The American Horticultural Society is pleased to announce its 26th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS), the only national professional development event of its kind where we are cultivating tomorrow’s gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today’s garden educators.  The 2018 event will take place July 11-14 in Ithaca, New York, hosted by Cornell University’s Garden-Based Learning and Cooperative Extension.  At the core of the symposium are peer-led educational sessions that focus on relevant, thought-provoking topics, provide attendees with practical knowledge and skills, and appeal to attendees representing a variety of experience levels, educational settings, and youth audiences.

Now’s your chance to share your expertise with garden educators by presenting a session! Sessions must demonstrate a relevance to garden education, but can cover a wide array to topics – from gardening for wildlife to working with at-risk populations to writing grants and engaging community partners.  Session presenters receive a discounted registration rate to attend the symposium.  Please reference these tips and guidelines and submit your session proposal online by December 8, 2017.

Save the date for the 26th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium!

Who: adults working in many different capacities – garden designers, educators, community leaders – to connect young people with the natural world

What: an annual professional development event, the only national event of its kind where we are cultivating tomorrow’s gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today’s garden educators.

When: July 11-14, 2018

Where: Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with experiences at the Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca Children’s Garden, Cornell Botanic Gardens, and more!

Why: share ideas, success stories, and inspiration with like-minded colleagues from across the nation

How: four dynamic days of:

  • peer-taught sessions covering a range of relevant topics in small group settings to encourage substantive discussions
  • field trips to regional sites with a garden/nature focus
  • expert keynote presentations
  • structured and informal networking opportunities

For more information about NCYGS, contact

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