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Virtual Programs: Adults

Looking for interactive and engaging presentations that will stimulate your members. We’ve got programs that cover a wide variety of interests and needs. 

Human Uses of Plants

Available Year-Round

Chocolate has been many things to many people over the years. Learn about the ecology of the Cacao tree, then journey through history to get the complete story behind the tasty treat that we call chocolate. Discover the role and impact of cacao plantation farming on the environment and society.

Available in English or French

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Available Year-Round

Did you eat or use a plant today? No? Think again – what did you eat for breakfast? Did you brush your teeth? Did you travel to school by bus, car or bike? Let’s find out how many plants and their parts we rely upon.

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Available Year-Round

Ever wonder where modern medicines originated from. Did you know that over 80% of the world’s population uses plants as medicine (and you probably do too!)? Let’s look at what plants are used and how they help heal. Special request program: Tea and Tisanes

Available in English or French

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Available Year-Round

It’s true, not all squash are pumpkins!  We use these fruit as decorations and food typically in the fall, but where do they come from and why do we use them. Join Karin to discover the variety of squash, their origin, and cultural uses of these interesting plants. 

Available in English. French coming soon!

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Gardens in our Lives

Available Year-Round

Discover what makes Royal Botanical Gardens the gem that it is… its history, the gardens, and natural lands and the wonderful conservation work we do. Karin will use images, videos and live specimens to show off our gardens and nature sanctuaries. Get ready for some surprises!

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Available Year-Round

Explore how nature and our gardens have inspired various artists. What are you inspired by?

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Available Year-Round

Why are farmers and gardeners turning to organic practices? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Can you use these techniques in your school garden or greenhouse? Additional topic: Spring: Wake up your Garden; Fall: Put your Garden to Bed

Available in English. French coming soon!

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Plant and Animal Interactions

Plants need pollinators and pollinators need plants. What determines what a pollinator pollinates? What can you do to support pollinators? Explore these questions and more.

Available in English or French

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Available Year-Round

Colour is for attraction, warning, protection or camouflage. Some plants and animals have specific colors and patterns that help them ‘communicate’. Explore what these are, what they are for and how they help with survival. Available via videoconference or teleconference.

Available in English or French

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Available Year-Round

How do plants survive in extreme environments? We will examine the plant adaptations of this biome to discover how structure and function help them survive and support the ecosystems within this biome.

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Available Year-Round

How do plants survive in wet environments? We will examine the plant adaptations to discover how structure and function help them survive and support the wetland ecosystem.

Available in English. French coming soon!

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Available Year-Round

When you go for a walk in a forest, a meadow or a wetland, is it the same as it was 150 years ago? Probably not. Cootes Paradise, a provincially significant wetland, has played a vital role in this area, but has also had to deal with human impacts. Discover the history of this marsh and what is being done to restore it.

Available in English. French coming soon!

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Seasonal Special Programs

Available Year-Round

How many times have you seen monarchs flitting past, possibly stopping to feed on flowers? Where have they been and where are they going? Join Karin to explore answers to these questions, see some Monarchs in various life cycle stages and discover what you can do to help them.

Available in English. French coming soon!

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Available December to March

WUsing plants as therapy has been apart of many enrichment programs for a long time. Just think how good you feel planting seeds and tending your plants. Nancy will provide some background, introduce to the pedagogy behind the various techniques and give you a chance to try out one of the activities.

Available in English

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Available November to December

When you think of this time of year, what smells and colours come to mind? Pine, gingerbread, mulled cider, green, and red? Explore these plants and their amazing stories from ancient times and how we’ve incorporated them into our daily lives.

Available in English. French coming soon!

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