2015 BGCI Congress News
Photo courtesy Explore St. Louis.If you want to experience a little of St. Louis away from downtown, plan to join us on Monday or Tuesday nights for dinner out as a group.We’ll take the MetroLink to our destination neighborhood where we may all decide to go to one restaurant, or we may prefer to split off and go in different directions. We’ll meet up again later to head back to the hotel as a group.There’s no need to plan ahead now—you may sign up that morning. Learn...
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On Thursday, April 30, Congress delegates will enjoy “Communities in Nature Nocturne,” a unique evening reception at the Missouri History Museum. In partnership with fellow educators from the Missouri History Museum, this interactive experience will challenge all delegates to think and share deeply about how they are engaging their own communities. Specifically asking ourselves, who’s missing and why? This not-to-be-missed night is about the broader social roles that all o...
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On Wednesday, April 29, Shaw Nature Reserve will play host to “Biodiversity, Bluegrass & Bar-B-Que.” Congress delegates will trek to Shaw Nature Reserve to explore the Reserve’s Ozark Border landscapes and natural communities, including floodplain forest, upland woods, dolomite glades, tallgrass prairie, oak-hickory woodlands and savannas, and wetlands. An early evening reception is planned amid the Whitmire Wildflower Garden, a setting like none other. Delegates ...
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Congress Poster Showcase is planned for high-traffic area in Missouri Botanical Garden’s main Visitor Center. General visitors to the Garden will have the opportunity to take in the impressive work and programming of botanic garden educators from around the world.
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Toasted ravioli. Photo by Jayne Vidheecharoen.A “Taste of St. Louis” Welcome Reception will kick off the 9th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Iconic, local specialties featured will include toasted ravioli from the City’s famous “Hill” neighborhood, Asian cuisine from nearby Grand Avenue, and a dazzling dessert bar featuring Fitz’s root beer, Ted Drewes’ concretes, and gooey butter bites. To top it off, th...
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More than 170 different botanic garden educators will be facilitating sessions, ranging from panels and workshops to round tables, world cafes and a technology showcase!Innovative and energizing session formats are planned for the Congress including “Pecha Kucha” and “Dragon’s Den.”  Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, enables multiple speakers to ...
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The St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark is serving as the official BGCI Congress hotel. Check out the hotel’s website to learn more about the hotel and all the great things to do and see in downtown St. Louis!
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Early Bird Deadline!

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The Early Bird Deadline for the BGCI Education Congress is fast approaching! Register by December 31, 2014 to receive the discounted rate.
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The Missouri Botanical Garden, site of the 9th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens, readies itself to play host to 300 delegates from more than 40 countries. The Congress will take place April 26–May 1, 2015.
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Waterlily in Japanese Garden lake; Instructor and student at adult terrarium class; Tower Grove House
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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April 26–May 1, 2015
Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, Missouri


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