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FW: School and Community Gardening Conference, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Subject: [cg] FW: School and Community Gardening Conference, Des Moines, Iowa
  • From: "Dawson, Teva L." TLDawson@dmgov.org
  • Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 13:22:31 -0600

 





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2003

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY GARDEN CONFERENCE

GOING NATIVE

Learn how to integrate native plants into your educational plan. Workshops
at the Cultivating Connections: 2nd Annual School and Community Gardening
Conference with the theme of "Going Native" will be held February 28 - March
1, 2003. Experts will show you plans and activities for lower elementary,
upper elementary/middle school and high school/adult educational activities
to get your classes and groups excited about native plants. The Conference
is a regional training and networking opportunity for people participate in
community or youth greening efforts. All sessions and meals will take place
at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 East River Drive, Des Moines IA
50316. 

Participants will learn how to organize a community garden project with
practical advice on enlisting volunteers, fundraising, and designing, as
well as learning gardening basics and how to use the garden as an education
tool.

On Friday, February 28th, the Conference kicks off with an optional field
trip to the Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City, Iowa. An
alternative session is Garden Mosaics, a community garden-based educational
and cultural program for middle and high school students. Friday afternoon
includes "Where We Live," an ISU Extension food, fiber, environmental
Science curriculum. 

On Saturday, March 1, the Conference continues with these topics and
speakers: 

	Landscape Design for Public Spaces using Native Plants with Tom
Dunbar, Dunbar/Jones, Landscape Architect

	Native Plants, with Denny Schrock, Garden Editor, Meredith
Corporation

	Art in the Garden, with Allison James, Sculptor

	From the Field to the Pantry to the Table, with Tag Grandgeorge,
Executive Chef, The Arthouse

	Horticultural Therapy, with Linda Naeve, Youth Education
Coordinator, Reiman Gardens, ISU

On Saturday afternoon, three sessions with Project Bluestem, a curriculum on
prairies and savannas developed by the Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge
and a workshop led by the National Garden Association, which includes
practical and professional advice on how to organize a community greening
project. Registration fees range from $10 - $110, depending on program
choice. Fees are lower for registrations received by February 1. Depending
on program choices, lunch is included as well as transportation to the Neil
Smith National Wildlife Refuge on February 28.

For additional information, contact TLDawson@dmgov.org
<mailto:TLDawson@dmgov.org>  or Deanna Wilson at 515.323.8933, or check www
.botanicalcenter.com for registration and information. 

Conference brochure and registration form attached.

end

 

Teva Dawson 
Community Garden Coordinator 
Des Moines Botanical Center 
909 East River Drive 
Des Moines, IA  50316 
Phone:  515/323-8907 
Fax:  515/323-8999 

 

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