Breaking Ground – MUN Botanical Garden Offering Teacher Workshop on Gardening for Wildlife in School Yards

MUN Botanical Garden will present a teacher workshop this fall entitled “Breaking Ground: Gardening for Wildlife in Your School Yard”.  This hands-on introduction to creating a wildlife-friendly school garden in Newfoundland and Labrador will be offered October 6 -7, 2010 at MUN Botanical Garden.  2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity.

“We are very excited to have an opportunity to offer this free, hands-on workshop for teachers” said Anne Madden, education coordinator of the Botanical Garden.  “Teachers have been requesting this type of training for several years.  Thanks to the EcoAction Community Funds and the PromoScience (NSERC) program, the Botanical Garden can share its 40 years of expertise with local teachers during a two-day workshop in October,” she said.  The workshop is fully registered.

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Department of the Environment (EcoAction Community Funding Program) and is offered in conjunction with the From Garden to Classroom Outreach Program, which is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) PromoScience funding program.

The instructors will include a variety of Botanical Garden staff and the activities will include everything from plant propagation, composting and soils, Newfoundland gardening basics, butterfly gardening, encouraging birds, bats and other wildlife, plus information on funding opportunities for school yard projects. For more information, please contact Anne Madden, education coordinator, MUN Botanical Garden, at 864-8590 or amadden@mun.ca, or visit http://www.mun.ca/botgarden/news.php?readitem=163.

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