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Leadership, Innovation, and Advocacy 60 Minute Concurrent Session
June 08, 2021 03:30 PM - June 08, 2026 04:30 PM(America/New_York)
20210608T1530 20210608T1630 America/New_York EcoFloras: Building Community to Conserve Biodiversity

EcoFloras, prototyped by the New York Botanical Garden and supported by a National Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are an innovative model for connecting people to plant collections, nature, and urban biodiversity in meaningful ways. The projects combine existing knowledge from herbaria and libraries with real-time observations of plants and biotic interactions. EcoFlora goals are: 1) to better understand urban ecosystems and urbanization, 2) the democratization of biodiversity data, and 3) to increase the understanding and appreciation of plant life. Provided with plant morphology, distribution, phenology, and ecological interaction information, participants are encouraged to explore their communities and record observations using iNaturalist, an open-source community science platform. 

Field trips, lectures, and virtual events inform, inspire, and build an active community of naturalists. Intimately experiencing urban biodiversity supports increased environmental literacy and fosters public appreciation of the natural world, while engaging urban residents in local conservation advocacy. The EcoFlora model is now being implemented by partner gardens across the United States that are innovating and adapting the model. Representatives from Chicago Botanic Garden, Denver Botanic Gardens, Desert Botanical Garden, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will present their local EcoFlora projects, including individual successes and challenges.

Leadership, Innovation, and Advocacy Track Sponsor:

Member Garden "Hello" Video: Kim Andrews, Executive Director, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden (Philadelphia, PA) 

Additional Credits:Drone footage of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens owned by ...

The Garden Beyond: Annual Conference 2021 lchance@publicgardens.org

EcoFloras, prototyped by the New York Botanical Garden and supported by a National Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are an innovative model for connecting people to plant collections, nature, and urban biodiversity in meaningful ways. The projects combine existing knowledge from herbaria and libraries with real-time observations of plants and biotic interactions. EcoFlora goals are: 1) to better understand urban ecosystems and urbanization, 2) the democratization of biodiversity data, and 3) to increase the understanding and appreciation of plant life. Provided with plant morphology, distribution, phenology, and ecological interaction information, participants are encouraged to explore their communities and record observations using iNaturalist, an open-source community science platform. 

Field trips, lectures, and virtual events inform, inspire, and build an active community of naturalists. Intimately experiencing urban biodiversity supports increased environmental literacy and fosters public appreciation of the natural world, while engaging urban residents in local conservation advocacy. The EcoFlora model is now being implemented by partner gardens across the United States that are innovating and adapting the model. Representatives from Chicago Botanic Garden, Denver Botanic Gardens, Desert Botanical Garden, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will present their local EcoFlora projects, including individual successes and challenges.


Leadership, Innovation, and Advocacy Track Sponsor:



Member Garden "Hello" Video: 
Kim Andrews, Executive Director, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden (Philadelphia, PA) 


Additional Credits:
Drone footage of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens owned by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Head Curator of Natural History Collections
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Denver Botanic Gardens
Director of Conservation Outreach
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New York Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden
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 Briana Berkowitz
Professional Development Assistant
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American Public Gardens Association
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