Education

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UBC Botanical Garden has a strong commitment to education and community outreach. Our programs seek to help the community understand issues of biodiversity, sustainability and conservation.

In addition, the Garden provides on-site research and training opportunities to faculty and students.

Your support helps makes these programs possible.

UBC Giving Day – April 7, 2021

Give now: On Giving Day, April 7, 2021, your donation to the UBC Botanical Garden Community Outreach Fund will be matched up to $20,000 in honour of June Ames to provide members of our community opportunities to explore and enjoy the Garden in hopes of nurturing a greater sense of stewardship for our local environment.

Donate here on Giving Day

Access to nature can help individuals connect with plants and a passion for conservation while at the same time improve their health and wellbeing.

The goal of this Fund is to increase access to UBC Botanical Garden for vulnerable communities who, under certain circumstances, face greater barriers to accessing curated activities in nature.

This Fund helps us work with organizations that serve vulnerable children and youth in Metro Vancouver. For the past four years, funds raised through the Community Outreach Fund has enabled UBC Botanical Garden to bring children out to the Garden for multiple field trips. These nature-based visits throughout the summer allow children to feel deeply connected to plants, people, and science.

Learn more about the Community Outreach Fund below.

New in 2021, we are working with partners to distribute Family Memberships so that more members of our community can explore the Garden,* our programs and the plants we are aiming to conserve.

Your contributions will help make these discoveries in nature possible. Thank you for support.

*The safety and wellbeing of our guests, members and staff is our topmost priority. Alongside other health and safety protocols, everyone on-site is advised to practice social distancing. Visit our FAQ for more details.

 

Community Outreach Fund

Poverty is a growing concern within the City of Vancouver and other regions in BC. Low incomes add stresses that decrease the mental and physical health of children and adults, and adversely impact students’ learning and cognition. Gardens and access to nature have been shown to improve and promote health and well-being.

UBC Botanical Garden is seeking funding to develop a fund for Food and Forest Literacy Field Trips for low-income and at-risk children, youth and adults in BC. Each daylong field trip would include a bus to and from the Garden, a tour of our Greenheart TreeWalk and our Food Garden, a long-table lunch and a fun, hands-on learning session in our new outdoor Taylor Learning Plaza. Your contribution will help make these field trips possible.

Donate now to the Community Outreach Fund

Horticulture Training Program Fund

Training the next generation of talented horticulturists is a key feature of UBC Botanical Garden. Our extensive plant collections and varied garden environments offer tremendous learning opportunities to budding horticulturalists. With your support, the Horticulture Training Program Fund will provide opportunities for students and contribute to vital garden projects.

“From pruning, to the sciences of soils, fertilizing, watering, mulching, and composting, to the environmental impacts of different Horticultural practices, this program covers a broad spectrum of important subjects.”
– Horticulture Training Program 2012-13 graduate

“This program equipped me with industry relevant skills and confidence, to start working in the field immediately after completion. Being situated in a botanical garden, it gave us opportunities to work with very different plant material from around the world.”
– Horticulture Training Program 2012-13 graduate

Donate now to the Horticulture Training Program Fund

Botanical Garden Donations Fund

A growing garden always needs attention. The Botanical Garden Donations Fund supports general operations in the Garden. Your support helps maintain the grounds and strengthen our research and outreach programs.

Donate now to the Botanical Gardens Donation Fund