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Botanical Boot Camp - Science Literacy Week


Science Literacy Week 2016

Botanical Boot Camp at MUN Botanical Garden

In celebration of Science Literacy Week 2016, MUN Botanical Garden is offering a Botanical Boot Camp, an activity-based introduction to Newfoundland gardening, plants and ecology. This educator workshop is suitable for teachers, early childhood educators, youth group leaders, and volunteers.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Memorial University’s Public Engagement Fund & the Faculty of Science.

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016, 8:30 am – 4 pm
Location: MUN Botanical Garden Field Centre, 306 Mount Scio Road, St. John’s, NL

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:

Gardening in Newfoundland:
Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and play in our garden. All participants will get a chance to practice some gardening techniques, including planting and weeding. Tips on garden site selection, preparation, design, and hardy plant selections will also be provided. This session will be led by our head gardener, Carl White.

Going Green Without a Greenhouse:
Get a garden growing in your classroom, kitchen or playground! Learn how to create a terrarium, use recycled materials to create a flowerpot, and learn how to sprout seeds of all kinds.

The ABC’s of Composting:
Nature is the great recycler and at MUN Botanical Garden we have been composting since we were created in 1971. Learn all the tricks and tips from our award-winning compost program, including how to encourage your school or organization to become ‘compost champions’, how to get worms to eat our garbage (vermicomposting), outdoor composting, the compost game and how to use compost in your garden.

Going on a Nature Hike / Nature Explorations:
MUN Botanical Garden has been integrating nature hikes into its programming for over 40 years. Go on a nature hike and learn some tips on incorporating this healthy, fun activity into your programs and play, even if you live in the city!

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 20 participants. On-line registration is available. Registration will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.
Lunch and a refreshment break will be provided.
Fee: FREE

For more information on the Botanical Boot Camp, please e-mail bgprograms@mun.ca, or telephone 709-864-8590.

For more information on Science Literacy Week, events and programs, please visit their website.

Science Literacy Week was founded by a University of Toronto Alumnus Jesse Hildebrand and since its inception in 2014, it has expanded to over 100 venues in 50 cities across Canada. Its goal is to increase science literacy in the province and to introduce the public of all ages to the wonders of science and scientific research.

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