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    In 2015 join us in Austin, Texas July 9-11 for the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS), with local host the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

    NCYGS 2014 and 2015

    Thanks to all who participated in our 2014 Symposium in Columbus.

    In between annual symposia, keep up with the latest in youth gardening when you subscribe to our free, daily, international, online newspaper, The Youth Gardening Gazette
    The 22nd annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium was held July 17-19, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.

    We offered optional pre-symposium excursions on the 16th as well as an optional post-symposium excursion on the 19th. 



    What to Expect at the Symposium

    This is the only national event of its kind where you can network with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world.

    At this year's symposium, you will have the opportunity to:

    • Choose from over 50 engaging workshops and lectures by internationally known experts, on topics ranging from garden design to curriculum to program success factors.
    • Explore the programs and gardens of our host, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at a private Welcome Dinner in the gardens.
    • Gain insights from national and regional youth gardening experts during keynote presentations.
    • See innovative models of programming and design at local school, community, and children’s gardens in Dayton and Columbus during optional pre-symposium trips.
    • Discover Gahanna, “The Herb Capital of Ohio”, through a fun and educational session at the Ohio Herb Education Center during an optional post-symposium trip.
    • Experience local cultural attractions such as the North Market in downtown Columbus, featuring more than 30 vendors of fresh and local food, flowers, baked goods, and more. Get around Columbus easily -- we partnered with Uber Columbus to offer new Uber users a free ride up to $20! 
    For an overview of all this year's symposium will offer, read "Cultivating Ideas and Innovation," published in the May/June issue of The American Gardener.


    Children in the Pollinator Garden of Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

    Follow us on Twitter at @AHS_NCYGS and our symposium hashtag #ncygs14.