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Date: January 21-22, 2016 Garden: Botanic Gardens of South Australia (Adelaide Botanic Garden, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Wittunga Botanic Garden) Outcome Journalist: Tracy Qiu and Grace Parker Summary and Observations Adelaide’s public programs, which directly serve the organizational value of “Sharing,” can be categorized as youth and adult education. The youth programs cater primarily to students through high school, passing the torch to adult programs thereafter. Youth Programs The SEED program works in tandem with the on-site seed program at Adelaide Botanic Garden. The program partners with 10 schools in Adelaide to protect and propagate from seed endangered species endemic to the region. Similarly to the Project Insitu program at Taronga Zoo, each year a class focuses on a specific species and in turn fulfills the role of teacher the following year, sharing their knowledge with the incoming class. This transfer of information provides the opportunity to grow in stewardship. The Early Years Program aims to help youth develop healthy habits from a young age. Beginning in April of 2015, this four-year program has just completed its first installment. Aligned with the Australian curriculum, the Education Coordinator and the Horticulture Curator work with the teachers and additional caretakers to not only deliver the program, but also engage young students, cementing basic lifestyle concepts that will hopefully continue to grow with the child. Summer is one of the busiest seasons of the year. Thanks to the School Holiday Program, there are a variety of ways to explore and entertain the gardens from the perspective of a youth: • Watercolours for Kids • Garden Critters • City Crop • Making Fire, Making Glue • Dreaming Story Telling Adult Programs The Australian Center for Horticultural Excellence is a training program aiming to advance horticultural capacity using the organization’s unique knowledge, skills, and collections. It provides accredited training in horticulture and non-accredited Master classes. The Certificate III in Horticulture utilizes all three of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia in partnership with ARO Educational Services. Industry-standard subjects such as nursery maintenance, propagation management, and machinery operations prepare trainees for general horticultural careers such as Curator, Horticulturist, or Gardener. Within the Australian Center for Horticultural Excellence lies a healthy range of classes. However, the training is always evolving and become more diverse in its offerings. Unlike ABG, Wittunga Botanic Garden is more of a destination garden in that it is further from the heart of the city and known less readily to the average resident. Wittunga began as a private formal English garden in 1902, was bequeathed to the Botanic

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2016 International Experience_Australia  
2016 International Experience_Australia  
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