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.
South Region Agricultural Education Coordinator
Georgia Department of Education
ABAC 34, 2802 Moore Hwy.
Tifton, GA 31794
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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.
Ethnobotanical Gardens for Georgia Schools