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Connecting People to Plants-Botanical Messages that Make a Difference

Koptur, Suzanne [1], Wagner, Lisa K. [2].

Connecting People to Plants- Botanical Messages that Make a Difference.

Concern about lack of public awareness and appreciation of plants, often described as "plant blindness," has been an ongoing issue in botanical circles. This symposium focuses on a variety of traditional and non-traditional ways that botanists and ecologists are connecting people to plants, within and beyond the classroom. From helping the public decipher "the green blur", via gardening for nature with native plants, restoring habitat diversity in schoolyards, working with a diverse array of students to promote interest in plants, and promoting plant conservation efforts, many scientists have worked with audiences other than university students. The speakers were trained as "traditional" botanists and ecologists, but are working with students and adults of all ages to promote interest and awareness of plants in diverse and interesting communication venues. We'll allocate time during the symposium for attendees to share their own experiences and strategies - we encourage you to come and participate in the discussion.

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1 - Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences, 11200 Sw 8Th Street, Oe167, Miami, Florida, 33199, USA
2 - Clemson University, South Carolina Botanical Garden, 102 Garden Trail, Clemson, South Carolina, 29634-0174, USA

botanical messages
public outreach
plant blindness
botanical education
ecology and conservation
environmental literacy.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: 14-1
Location: Salon G - Austin Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Date: Monday, August 15th, 2005
Time: 1:30 PM
Abstract ID:38

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