Please see the message below concerning the Ethnobotanical Gardens/PALS
program. If you are interested in participating or finding out more,
please contact Ms. Payne.

Lynn Barber
South Region Agricultural Education Coordinator
Georgia Department of Education
ABAC 34, 2802 Moore Hwy.
Tifton, GA 31794
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PALS partnership development

Dear Mr. Barber,

We invite your AgEd/FFA teachers to participate in developing a proposed
statewide program, PALS supporting Ethnobotanical Gardens for Georgia
Schools. A UGA/AgEd collaborative is developing  a Teacher Quality grant
proposing a teacher training in June 2011 and program implementation the
school year 2011-2012. The training will be held in Athens at the State
Botanical Garden with a followup in South Georgia. PALS teachers will also
network at Regional FFA meetings and summer camp. There are many
outstanding FFA PALS partnerships in Georgia already, and we hope to
expand the program by providing additional support for elementary school
classrooms and teachers. We can assist AgEducation/FFA teacher teaming
with elementary teachers.

Ethnobotany is simply the study of how peoples use plants. Ethnobotanical
Gardens for Georgia Schools opens pathways for celebrating cultural
diversity and global plant diversity. Each PALS partnership will develop
their own plan that could include a wildlife habitat, container garden,
community garden, Plant a Row for the Hungry Service Leaning, or others.
Many of the AgEd GPS lessons compliment elementary science standards.  The
UGA collaborative will also work on building capacity from each community
- Extension Services, Master Gardeners, garden clubs, etc. to assist
teachers and summer garden care.

I look forward to hearing from you and interested AgEducation teachers.
Please contact me for any questions.

Barbara Payne
Ethnobotanical Gardens for Georgia Schools