American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Sharing a Healthy Dose of Nature: Outreach Programming at Your Local Children’s Hospital
Event Type: 
Session
Track: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 06 - 8:45am to 10:15am
Location: 
Monorail
Presenter: 
K. Stoudemire, A. Torlage, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The North Carolina Botanical Gardens’ Wonder Connection outreach program serves patients at North Carolina Children’s Hospital. We intuitively know how healing nature can be, and yet most children’s hospitals don’t include nature programming. This workshop will demonstrate best practices for ways to provide nature and natural science programming for pediatric patients. Using Wonder Connection as a replicable model, attendees will participate in hands-on activities, learn how to ensure that programming is patient-centered and choice-based, and is inclusive of patients, family members, and staff. Participants will also draft a plan for how to approach their local children’s hospital to begin this type of programming.