American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
Building Capacity for Accessibility: Creating Spaces That Welcome All Audiences
Event Type: 
Session
Track: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Tue June, 20 - 10:15am to 11:45am
Location: 
Albion C
Presenter: 
S. Bhatt, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York; J. Kondrat, United States Botanic Garden, Washington, District of Columbia; T. Burnham, Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, Florida; J. Smith, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri

Public gardens and curated outdoor spaces have a key role to play in serving diverse audiences. Providing multisensory environments that allow for sometimes rare contact with the natural world, we are uniquely positioned to provide meaningful experiences that can accommodate the varied needs of individuals. But to be truly inviting requires an institutional commitment to planning for access for all. This includes training our staff to be mindful of diversity, creating spaces that allow physical access for all, and programming that is inclusive and, when appropriate, serves the needs of specific audiences. We will discuss case studies in inclusive design and allow session participants to participate in a training exercise.

This session has been approved for 1.5 LACES credit hours.