American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Lessons from the Field: Volunteers and Accessibility
Event Type: 
Leadership, Innovation, and Advocacy
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 06 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 1
E. Barton, M. Nelson, United States Botanic Garden, Washington, District of Columbia; T. Burnham, Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, Florida; K. Castaneda, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California; S. Allred, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah; H. Veneziano, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia

Any garden or organization can benefit from a diversified volunteer corps with differing skill sets as well as being a welcoming and supportive space. Panelists will share successful stories, workplace/onboarding strategies, and offer resources for working with volunteers with disabilities. How can gardens embrace and harness the power of this audience and prospective volunteers to further institutional missions? After attending this session, participants should feel prepared to respond when they receive an application from a volunteer or group of volunteers with a disability. Participants should feel supported in knowing the successes of working with volunteers with disabilities and know what resources are available to them.