American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

The Nature of Advocacy at Public Gardens
Event Type: 
Leadership, Innovation, and Advocacy
Date / Time: 
Thu June, 07 - 8:00am to 9:30am
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 1
M. Wilmot, Center for Plant Conservation, San Diego, California; D. Wilmot, M. Sutton, Ocean Champions, Capitola, California; L. Marshall, Center for Plant Conservation Board of Directors, San Diego Zoo Global, Escondido, CA; K. Havens-Young, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois; C. Radcliffe, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia

What is the role of advocacy at public gardens? Can a public garden advocate for conservation legislation? Should you engage your members and visitors in advocacy, and if so, how? If you or your staff have grappled with any of these questions, this panel discussion is for you. Learn what public gardens can and cannot do as they venture into advocacy or lobbying for conservation legislation. We will present a spectrum of activities from education to elections and clarify what is allowed as 501 (c) (3) and an outline of the political process needed to pass conservation legislation.