The Greater Washington, D.C., area is the setting for the American Horticultural Society's 2012 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium. The theme for our 20th annual symposium is “Celebrating 20 Years of Promoting Garden-Based Teaching and Learning.” We invite you to join us as we return to where it all started in 1993, reflect on where we’ve been, share our accomplishments, and re-dedicate ourselves to the vital role of gardens in the lives of today’s youth.
The University of Maryland, located just outside Washington, D.C., will serve as our home base for three dynamic days of workshops, lectures, poster sessions, and field trips. Founded in 1856 as a private agricultural college and now flagship of the state’s higher education system, the University of Maryland will provide a truly inspirational setting for this year’s symposium.
Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and trade success stories with teachers, garden designers, youth program leaders, and children’s gardening advocates from across the nation. There will be dozens of enriching and informative educational sessions to choose from, allowing you to tailor a Symposium experience to suit your individual needs and interests. A diverse array of field study experiences will provide firsthand insights and resources to reinforce and expand upon the numerous educational sessions to choose from.
This year’s symposium offers a terrific lineup of exceptional speakers, inspirational experiences, and many opportunities for informal networking. If you want to learn more about creating or enhancing educational programs for children and…