2015 BGCI International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens
BGCI 2015 logo: Biodiversity for a Better World-Wild Ideas Worth Sharing
Thank You!

The Missouri Botanical Garden was honored and excited to host the 9th BGCI International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens, April 26–May 1, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The theme of the 2015 Congress was Biodiversity for a Better World: Wild Ideas Worth Sharing. Described by some as the defining challenge of our time, preventing biodiversity loss is increasingly a core priority for botanic gardens. This unique event provided botanic garden educators an opportunity to think creatively about reframing biodiversity in ways that are relevant to people’s lives, to connect and learn from others, to challenge each other, ask big, worthy questions, and together, strengthen our impacts.

Featuring a wide-ranging program of plenary keynote addresses, interactive sessions, workshops and special events, the 2015 Congress attracted a diversity of botanic garden educators from around the world. The Congress provided a vibrant forum for botanic garden educators as well as for educators and staff from plant science institutes, education and conservation organizations, zoos, museums, national parks and nature reserves.

Coming soon:

  • A photo highlight summary will be posted in the coming weeks, for delegates to share with colleagues who were not able to join us. 
  • Completion certificates—All delegates will receive a completion certificate for their participation in the congress. These will be sent out via email to individual delegates by May 31, 2015. 
  • Congress Proceedings—By fall 2015, BGCI and MBG will work to compile, publish, and make available the official Congress Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens. 
BGCI Education Congress participants
Botanic Gardens Conservation International, the world’s greatest force for plant conservation, is co-organizing its 9th Education Congress in partnership with Missouri Botanical Garden.
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Draft Statement Available for Review and Comments

On Friday, May 1, during the Congress closing ceremony, a draft statement about Congress outcomes and strategic directions going forward was shared with delegates.

Download draft statement

Given the importance of a unified vision and shared priorities needed to achieve collective impact, all delegates are encouraged to review this draft statement, share with colleagues and provide feedback to congress organizers by May 31, 2015. Please send all feedback to Sheila Voss, VP of Education at Missouri Botanical Garden, at sheila.voss@mobot.org.