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Yost, Susan E. [1].

Educational outreach at the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium (DOV), Delaware State University, Dover, DE.

A herbarium can serve as an educational resource for the public and scientific communities, in addition to its fundamental role of documentation. The Claude E. Phillips Herbarium (DOV) at Delaware State University is active in promoting botany within the University and also beyond it through its educational outreach programs. The Herbarium staff teaches undergraduate and graduate courses; teaches other groups such as students at local schools, teacher in-service classes, master gardeners, scientists, and volunteers at nature preserves; and gives career day presentations at elementary and middle schools. The Herbarium is open to the public and scientific communities for tours and in-house library use. Outdoor botanical education takes the form of tours of the campus woodland trail for botanical societies, students at local schools, scout troops, 4-H groups, and University faculty, staff, and students, and off-campus botanical walks for wildlife and nature preserves. The Herbarium has established botanical programs such as a Woodland Classroom Program for kindergarten through third grade emphasizing botany, ecology, and conservation; an undergraduate Traineeship in Herbarium Techniques Program; and a Campus Botanical Walks Program. Other outreach activities are educational displays at festivals at wildlife refuges, botanical gardens, Earth Day, Coast Day, Farm Week, herb festivals, and professional meetings. Herbarium staff offers services to the community such as plant identification, answering requests for botanical information, and serving on preservation and education committees. Promoting botanical and conservation awareness beyond the scientific community is increasingly important at this time of declining global biodiversity.[c.e.:srb]

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1 - Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, Delaware State University, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1200 North Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware, 19901, USA

Claude E. Phillips Herbarium
educational resource
botanical programs
woodland classroom.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: 48-212
Location: Auditorium/Bell Memorial Union
Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
Time: 12:30 PM
Abstract ID:404

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