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  • European Unions' Belize Rural Development Project II | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    to earn a living as employees or small business owners in these areas Research shows that job opportunities requiring these skills exist in both the business and private sectors particularly in the tourism industry As a member of Caribbean Botanic Gardens for Conservation we became aware of the need for a center for horticulture training not only in Belize but throughout the Caribbean Receiving BRDP Funding has enabled us to pursue this goal on a local level by offering a wide range of classes through our Professional Gardeners Program For the term of the 34 month EU project free classes are being offered to Belizeans To sustain the program after completion of the funding term classes will be opened to international students as well Course offerings include three levels of horticulture training small nursery establishment for ornamental plants small nursery establishment for food plants cut flower growing and marketing as well as a variety of 1 day workshops such as seed saving floral arrangement and culinary herbs Classes last 10 days for each level and will be offered eight times during the term of the project In addition there are On The Job training opportunities of 12 weeks for 2 trainees per session All courses will be offered 12 times during the funding period We are targeting interested individuals male or female who are unemployed or barely employed but have deep interest in becoming professional gardeners After completion of the training program participants are being awarded with a Certificate of Completion and Job Recommendation Letter More than ever professional gardeners are in great need throughout Belize The tourism industry alone employ s groundskeepers landscape managers designers and gardeners and the need for professional trained and skilled workers is growing every day The Professional Gardener s Training will also help you

    Original URL path: http://belizebotanic.org/european-unions-belize-rural-development-project-ii/?qemmonth=1&qemmonth=2&qemyear=2016 (2016-02-13)
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  • European Unions' Belize Rural Development Project II | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    to earn a living as employees or small business owners in these areas Research shows that job opportunities requiring these skills exist in both the business and private sectors particularly in the tourism industry As a member of Caribbean Botanic Gardens for Conservation we became aware of the need for a center for horticulture training not only in Belize but throughout the Caribbean Receiving BRDP Funding has enabled us to pursue this goal on a local level by offering a wide range of classes through our Professional Gardeners Program For the term of the 34 month EU project free classes are being offered to Belizeans To sustain the program after completion of the funding term classes will be opened to international students as well Course offerings include three levels of horticulture training small nursery establishment for ornamental plants small nursery establishment for food plants cut flower growing and marketing as well as a variety of 1 day workshops such as seed saving floral arrangement and culinary herbs Classes last 10 days for each level and will be offered eight times during the term of the project In addition there are On The Job training opportunities of 12 weeks for 2 trainees per session All courses will be offered 12 times during the funding period We are targeting interested individuals male or female who are unemployed or barely employed but have deep interest in becoming professional gardeners After completion of the training program participants are being awarded with a Certificate of Completion and Job Recommendation Letter More than ever professional gardeners are in great need throughout Belize The tourism industry alone employ s groundskeepers landscape managers designers and gardeners and the need for professional trained and skilled workers is growing every day The Professional Gardener s Training will also help you

    Original URL path: http://belizebotanic.org/european-unions-belize-rural-development-project-ii/?qemmonth=3&qemmonth=4&qemyear=2016 (2016-02-13)
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  • Freddy Savanna Pic | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    Native Orchid House Plants of the Maya Belize Botanic Gardens is for the birds Birding around BBG and duPlooy s Jungle Lodge Tours Projects European Unions Belize Rural Development Project II Darwin Initiative Project International Palm Society Moody Gardens Education News Opportunities Support Volunteer Contact Us Home Darwin Initiative Project Freddy Savanna Pic Darwin Initiative Project Freddy Savanna Pic By admin Published December 11 2012 Full size is 2500 1875

    Original URL path: http://belizebotanic.org/darwin-initiative/freddy-savanna-pic/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Freddy Savanna Pic | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    Native Orchid House Plants of the Maya Belize Botanic Gardens is for the birds Birding around BBG and duPlooy s Jungle Lodge Tours Projects European Unions Belize Rural Development Project II Darwin Initiative Project International Palm Society Moody Gardens Education News Opportunities Support Volunteer Contact Us Home Darwin Initiative Project Freddy Savanna Pic Darwin Initiative Project Freddy Savanna Pic By admin Published December 11 2012 Full size is 416 556

    Original URL path: http://belizebotanic.org/darwin-initiative/freddy-savanna-pic-2/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Darwin Initiative Project | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    savanna game called A Savanna Sam Play and Learn Game and the coloring sheets were created by one of our board members Heather duPlooy Marketing and advertising of the savanna education concept were developed and plant collecting and accessioning continued in year two ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN IN YEAR THREE Various activities continue to be undertaken throughout year three to continue the conservation awareness of lowland savanna at BBG as envisioned during the first two years These activities include trail maintenance school visits to the trail educational materials created distributed additional signage for Belize Botanic Gardens trail and supporting Dr Elizabeth Mallroy with savanna sign and trails development at the Tropical Education Center TEC Over 1 000 Primary school students along with teachers and parents from the Cayo District and from as far away as Orange Walk have taken part in this educational program The original number of students to be hosted was 480 but thanks to a bus donated by the Sonny Merryman Bus Company in Virginia we were able to host an additional 624 along with teachers and parents The goals of this project are to document the species of plants found in savannas in Belize to provide information for better vegetation mapping of these areas and to work with local institutions in Belize Belize Botanic Gardens University of Belize Programme for Belize and the Belize Forest Department make available and interpret the information gathered from this research for science and the public The surveys of the savanna vegetation was be carried out by Zoe Goodwin of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh Zoe donated many months of her time to the Belize Botanic Gardens in 2008 when she patiently identified and labeled many many trees around the gardens Sam Bridgewater who was the project leader for the Darwin xate project that BBG participated in a couple year ago is also back this time as a consultant for the project providing his expertise on the flora of Belize WHAT IS NEXT Presently the vision of BBG is to continue 1 The educational implementation of the project and capacity building work along with the various educational institutions in Belize 2 To liaise with interested schools and community in promoting educational tours and information about the savanna 3 To raise awareness of the savanna ecosystem and threats to it by developing teaching materials for school children and university students CONCLUSION During the three years of the grant and through the staffs dedication and hard work BBG has accomplished most if not all of the objectives it envisioned during the inception of the savanna concept at BBG This work continues and will continue The results of these objectives can be seen both by the well kept condition of the savanna and the gardens on a whole as well as the reaction of all participants visiting the gardens For example as mentioned previously students who visit BBG for the first time came with the idea that savannas are used only for pastures and that

    Original URL path: http://belizebotanic.org/darwin-initiative/?qemmonth=1&qemmonth=2&qemyear=2016 (2016-02-13)
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  • International Palm Society | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    healthy gathering practices To ensure the health of bay leaf tree populations farming the palm for thatch use is a safer alternative to wild collection The bay leaf is an ideal sustainable agriculture crop for most areas of Belize mainly because it is native and is in its natural environment The bay leaf needs little to no irrigation or pest control and a market for the leaf already exists making it a sound cash crop So far the bay leaf plot at BBG is doing remarkably well Information and seeds seasonal are available to potential farmers and conservation Organization Project Objective Primary objective To educate Belizean schoolchildren on the importance and pleasures of botanic diversity and preservation via a holistic field experience that focuses on indigenous Belizean palms their uses and sustainability Target Group Primary objective Direct impact on school children ages 11 15 and their teachers plus Indirect impact on family members i e estimate of 2 family members per child through follow up homework activities and feedback We also aim to i ncrease the marketability and number of visitors to Belize Botanic Gardens during and after the project period ends including tourists to Belize families with children government groups for meetings and conferences and local organizations and businesses Activities At Belize Botanic Gardens everything we do is in partnership using our staff volunteers and resources wherever possible and practicing what we preach about conservation and eco friendly practices We believe we can do much more however to bring in and educate more Belizeans and international visitors about the beauty and importance of bio diversity and sustainable agro forestry focusing on three key areas medicinal plants orchids and palms Thus our focus is to bring in and educate more local school children who have never before visited Belize Botanic

    Original URL path: http://belizebotanic.org/international-palm-society/?qemmonth=1&qemmonth=2&qemyear=2016 (2016-02-13)
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  • Sacrd Hrt Stdnts-Moody Gardens Con Prjct | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    House Plants of the Maya Belize Botanic Gardens is for the birds Birding around BBG and duPlooy s Jungle Lodge Tours Projects European Unions Belize Rural Development Project II Darwin Initiative Project International Palm Society Moody Gardens Education News Opportunities Support Volunteer Contact Us Home Moody Gardens Sacrd Hrt Stdnts Moody Gardens Con Prjct Moody Gardens Sacrd Hrt Stdnts Moody Gardens Con Prjct By admin Published December 18 2012 Full

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  • Moody Gardens | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    birds and other wildlife Trails for birding hiking and horseback riding have been established for the enjoyment of visitors with signage and maps to better navigate through the trails Belize Botanic Gardens BBG and Moody Gardens MG Inc of Galveston Texas have teamed up to support two conservation projects at Belize Botanic Gardens Students attending tertiary level institutions in Belize are being targeted to undertake these projects The first project is The Conservation of 37 acres of land adjacent to BBG This land was used as a cattle pasture prior to 1988 at which time it was purchased by the duPlooys Since then the land has been left to regenerate and is considered to be a significant area for conservation of rainforest land Participating institutions are asked to consider having their students using this land as part of their ecology botany class and to receive credit for their work Monitoring may need to be conducted once or twice per month but this will be left to the discretion of the participating institution The criteria for implementing this project are Erect a sign stating that this is a joint Rainforest project between Moody Gardens and BBG Establish monitoring plots within the area Research gather data on which plants naturally regenerate in this type of habitat Identify rare and endangered plants and make plans for the conservation of these plants Determine useful plants and create a sustainable agro forestry harvesting plan for these plants Publish quarterly report on the progress of the project The second project is a conservation contest to Design a Rainforest Conservation Project within the gardens or forest area The proposed projects must include design purpose and a budget Moody Gardens will award the prize winning student s and will also give financial assistance for the implementation of the

    Original URL path: http://belizebotanic.org/moody-gardens/?qemmonth=1&qemmonth=2&qemyear=2016 (2016-02-13)
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