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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 12 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment., Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

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Honorable Mention

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Programs by Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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All Pumpkins are Squash, but Not all Squash are Pumpkins!

It's true, not all squash are pumpkins!  We use these fruit as decorations and food typically in the fall, but where do they come from and why do we use them. Join Karin to discover the variety of squash, their origin, and cultural uses of these...

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Amazing Monarchs

From egg to adult; you will see them all in this special program available between June to late September. We'll get up close to live specimens and use images and video to explore the Monarch butterfly's amazing life cycle. With your help, we'll...

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Artists' Gardens: Nature Inspiring Art

Artists creations are inspired by a variety of things including the natural world and gardens, both public and private. Join Karin as she takes you on a journey exploring various well-known artists. Learn how their art was influenced by both the...

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Chocolate: From Treasure to Treat

How much cacao is really in your chocolate bar? From cacao to chocolate - rainforest treasure to delicious treat. After discovering the ecology of cacao and its role in the rainforest, we’ll explore how this tasty treat was (and still is...

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Colours in Nature

Have you ever wondered why animals and plants are certain colours. Communication is one reason and the other has to do with responses to the environment. Don’t forget about the plants too; they aren’t all green all of the time. Explore these and...

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Creatures with Wings and Crawly Things (ENG/FR/SP)

Do you know what characteristics of insects are? We'll explore different habitats including leaf litter, aquatic and grass fields to discover a variety of insects (and non-insects) and their adaptations. What's their connection to plants? Now in...

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Good Things Come in Trees (ENG/FR)

Can you imagine your life without plants? Plants form the basic food staple for all life forms. They are the major source of food and oxygen on earth, since no animal can supply these necessary components without plants. Discover what parts of...

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Growing Seeds (ENG/FR/SP)

Discover what environmental conditions seeds need in order to germinate. Why do some seeds need to be planted while others do better on top of the soil? Get some help with your school vegetable or pollinator garden? Now in ENGLISH, FRENCH or...

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Healing Plants

Have you ever wondered where modern medicines originated? Did you know that over 80 percent of the world uses plants as medicine? We'll examine plants used in food, personal care and modern pharmaceuticals. What are the environmental issues...

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Horticultural Therapist Career

You are interested in working in health care. Do you like to work with plants? Have you considered combining the two as a horticultural therapist. This career will allow you to connect to diverse populations and in a wide variety of settings.

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Horticultural Therapy Professional Development

Would you like to incorporate Horticultural Therapy techniques into your recreation programs or get some great ideas, but can't make it to Royal Botanical Gardens. These interactive Professional Development programs will provide content and...

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How far has your food travelled?

We go to the grocery store regularly to buy food, but where did that food come from originally compared to where we get it from now?  What resources were used to get the food to us? With the help of a world map, we'll explore these questions...

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Human Impacts on Ecosystems (Wetlands) (ENG/FR)

When you go for a walk in a forest, meadow or wetland, is it the same as it was 100 years ago? Probably not. We'll explore the stressors on Cootes Paradise Marsh (Class 1 Wetland) and what is being to restore and monitor these efforts.

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Insects in Winter

Except for a few that migrate, most of the insects of spring, summer and fall are still around in the winter. The question is where and how do they survive the cold?

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Invasive Species and Biodiversity

We will be exploring how humans have been instrumental in introducing non-native/invasive species  into natural environments and their impacts on biodiversity. We'll discover some interesting connections and what we can do.

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Organic Gardening

Why are farmers and gardeners turning to organic practices? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Can you use these techniques in your school garden or greenhouse? Join our resident organic gardener to discover how easily you can help...

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Photosynthesis

Green plants are the only plants that produce oxygen and make food, which is called photosynthesis. Explore how the plant's structures are involved and the adaptations plants have to carry out photosynthesis in different environments.

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Plant Adaptations: Mediterranean Biome

Royal Botanical Gardens may be on the same latitude as the Mediterranean, but it doesn't have the same climate. Why not? We'll examine representative Mediterranean plants and the adaptations that have enabled them to survive in this unique...

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Plant Adaptations: Wetlands

A sea of cattails - telltale sign of wetlands. There is a diversity of plants in, on and below the surface that are integral to that ecosystem. How do these plants survive in such extreme environments? What role do they play and how can we care...

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Plant Careers: Field Botanist

How do we know about plant diversity? It's thanks to naturalists and Field Botanists who explore our natural areas, document, collect and identify plant samples. Join us to learn more about a career that enables you to work outdoors with...

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Plant Parts and Pumpkins

What are the different parts of a plant and what are their functions? We'll examine a variety of plants and compare their parts. Are all plants the same? We'll explore in more detail, the pumpkin, its parts and their functions.

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Pollination Partners

Are insects and birds able to pollinate the same plant? Why is pollination beneficial? For the answers to these and many other questions, join us as we investigate with the live specimens, study skins and models the cooperative relationship...

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Royal Botanical Gardens: Canada's Biodiversity Hotspot

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Seeds on the Go (ENG/FR)

Why do seeds look so different? How do plants move from one place to another and why? We will explore and compare close-up the physical characteristics of certain seeds with their dispersal method. Afterwards you will design and create your own...

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Soils in the Environment

Have you ever wondered what is under the grass?  What do roots actually grow in? It’s soil!  It’ made of up many different things, both living and non-living and many living things including you depend on it. Bring your questions and be prepared...

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Starting Plants with Seeds

Review the basics of seeds and germination while exploring different planting methods. Why do some plants need to be started earlier indoors while others can be planted directly in the soil? We will answer your questions while demonstrating...

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Teacher Workshop: Programs offered at RBG

Royal Botanical Gardens invites you to participate in a free half-hour long introduction of current programs available with a sampling of some of the content, activities and specimens available.

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The Nature of our Holiday Traditions

When you think of this time of year, what smells and colours come to mind? Pine, gingerbread cookies, mulled cider, green, red? These are related to plants that have been used in our winter celebrations for over 2,000 years within different...

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Wetland Ways (ENG/FR)

What is a wetland? Why is one of the most productive ecosystems? We'll examine some water-loving plants to better understand how a wetland works. While exploring the functions of a wetland, we'll also discover it's impact on the natural world...

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Winter Tree ID

Identifying deciduous trees during the winter is much easier than you think. Discover how you can use bark, buds and leafless twigs to help you recognize some common woody plants while honing your identification skills using a dichotomous key.

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More About This Provider

Type of Organization

Arts/Cultural/Museum

Contact

Karin Davidson-Taylor   kdavidsontaylor@rbg.ca
Royal Botanical Gardens
Burlington Ontario, Canada L7T 4H4
905-527-1158 x249
Canada

http://www.rbg.ca/videoconferencing

Primary Disciplines

The programs of Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada) cover:

Video Conferencing Presentation Skills
Career Education
Professional Development/Continuing Education
Sciences
French

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

"It was a great VC - well done. The teacher thought that the experience was FANTASTIC and wants RBG to be our new best friend."
Secondary Educator YRDSB, Ontario;  “In order to achieve the highest level of learning for the students, we link up with experts via video conference. Karin Davidson Taylor is one of these experts. Her program allows my students to gain an understanding of species at risk in another part of the country. By doing sessions such as this, the students leave the course with a greater understanding of the problem faced by many species of animals in Canada than they would have gained by simply using a textbook and the internet.”Dwayne Shepherd, Gr 10/11 (GYRD, AB)