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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

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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

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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

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  • Education | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    learn outdoors where you can smell see taste and touch plants and hear the stories about them Children come for the day from San Ignacio and beyond for curriculum related field trips Preschool to Standard 6 classes can choose from Plant Appreciation What Plants Can Do World Wild Webbing and People Plants Secondary School Teens make the toughest customers but we are confident we can design a tour for your First to Fourth Form class that will leave your students can choose from advanced level field trip topics or teachers can talk to us about a custom trip designed for their classroom topic Higher Learning and Foreign Students We offer an ideal learning spot for students of a variety of sciences and skills Vocational students pursuing a career in agriculture can come for a lesson on airlayering and tropical fruit tree variety Ecology students can dissect a trumpet tree to see how ants live in harmony with our local flora Botany students can make herbarium pressings Local institutions of higher learning can utilize the garden for research and participate in existing programs BBG also offers low cost field study opportunities for local or foreign students of natural sciences to make use of the collection and facilities We can offer packages with accommodation labs and classrooms For more information on staying with us for your Field Study program contact us for a quote on custom study trips The Best Library Come and educate yourself at The Best Library at BBG While we don t allow books to leave the property there are lots of beautiful spots to curl up at BBG with a book from The Best Library If you live in Belize and want to know about growing palms raising passionflowers the orchids of Belize organic horticulture tropical fruit permaculture

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  • News | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    Reading Rainforest Conservation Project Sacred Heart Science Students Monitoring Plot Posted on December 18 2012 by admin in Uncategorized Thanks to Moody Gardens in Galveston Texas thirteen Sacred Heart College Science students have began setting up a permanent monitoring plots within the 37 acres of land adjacent to Belize Botanic Gardens The aim of this project is to gather data to conduct research to analyse how eroded and widely cleared land once used for No Comments Continue Reading Education and Conservation of Lowland Savanna Posted on June 30 2012 by admin in Uncategorized Education and Conservation of Lowland Savanna is a 3 year project funded by the Darwin Initiative that started in 2009 Guided by Dr Neil Stuart of the University of Edinburgh Duncan Moss of the UK Ordinance Survey garden staff along with botanist Zoe Goodwin and German Lopez of the University of Belize collected plants from several savanna areas No Comments Continue Reading Guide to the Orchids of Belize Posted on November 2 2009 by admin in News Since 1996 Brendan Sayers of the Irish National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin has been working on the orchids of Belize He began annual expeditions in Belize with Ken duPlooy the Belize Botanic Gardens founder in 1997 Brett Adams now the Foreman of the Garden joined BBG as a volunteer in 2002 He took over the care No Comments Continue Reading 400 Trees for Belize Posted on October 28 2009 by admin in News Thanks to Fred Krueger and the Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation In February 2008 Fred Krueger presented Belize Botanic Gardens with 1 400US to plant trees on behalf of the Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation Fred has been advocating tree planting for years in an effort to combat climate change The project called Trees for Belize got No

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  • Opportunities | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    in February 2015 BBG will offer short term classes for a nominal fee See Course Calendar and how to Register Online to both Belizeans and Visitors for a nominal fee If you can t attend one of our classes you might consider donating a scholarship for a Belizean who needs to learn a job skill Part of the program has been a 5 day Introduction to Birding and Plant ID Course and starting in 2015 we will add intermediate and advanced courses All of these courses will be available to the public both locally and internationally for a small fee which will help sustain scholarships for students who attend the job skills training courses If you have a group with a particular interest who would like to take one of our classes let us know and we ll schedule it for you Workshops in the garden designed to give people a fun day out where they can learn hands on draw people to the garden and promote the interaction between tourists and local people These include a Maya Healers Workshop where people tour our Maya Medicine Trail learn about native medicinal plants and make tamales over a wood fired fogon for their lunch 3 levels of flower arranging soap making and nutrition Calendar price Belize Botanic Gardens offers exciting training opportunities to individuals who are interested in taking up a career in gardening This training program is funded through a grant from the European Development Fund under the Belize Rural Development Project II administered by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and its partner duPlooys Jungle Lodge The Title of the action under this grant is Improving the Quality of Life of Rural Household by developing Capacity to find an create employment in gardening and other plant related areas

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  • Support | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    our finance creatively and sustainably to make it go the farther and accomplish the most good with very little overhead A contribution from you can help us do even more Your donation can help fund a youth education program assist in the maintenance of the gardens strengthen our development of our conservation and plant collections produce educational materials for school visits assist in becoming an institution for gardeners and to generally making the gardens a better place If you would like to help us conserve and preserve our botanic cultural heritage and extend our environmental education service to the local community and educational institutions please consider making a donation via PayPal or mail a check to Belize Botanic Gardens PO Box 180 San Ignacio Cayo Belize No amount is too small Your contribution goes along way Books We have an Amazon wish list we need for the gardens If you would like provide us with books for our library check our Wish list Equipment If you have garden equipment in good working condition that you want to get rid of think about donating it to us instead Large equipment garden tools is one of our biggest needs If you have something else that you know can assist us just give us a call Your donation can make a difference in the daily operation of the gardens Come work with us Volunteers have played a vital role in making Belize Botanic Gardens such a unique and wonderful place to visit We are recognized for our Eco friendly atmosphere and approach to our visitors We value and deeply appreciate our volunteers and consider them amongst our important ambassadors because whether on site or wherever they go in the world they contribute to developing and promoting our reputation Becoming a volunteer at Belize

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  • Volunteer | Belize Botanic GardensBelize Botanic Gardens
    basis Let us know your areas of skill and interest More information Although we ask that you work a regular week Monday to Friday on the weekends we encourage you to take advantage of the sites of Cayo Belize Thanks to BBG s main supporter duPlooy s Jungle Lodge you can join certain scheduled excursions to destinations around the district at no or little cost You may also be able to use canoes when available or join scheduled horseback tours Best of all the Macal River borders the garden and there is a lovely beach on the river a perfect spot for a swim and a rest We are in a remote location so consider bringing a friend To join the program we require two work volunteers or education interns related references These can be sent by post or email If by post please mail to Belize Botanic Gardens P O Box 180 San Ignacio Cayo Belize The cost for the program is 350USD per month which includes basic accommodation a 2 bedroom apartment with a bathroom living area laundry room and kitchen or you can pay 550US a month if you want food included and we will provide you with groceries A 10 deposit is required to confirm your stay with us Many volunteers want to know why we charge for the volunteer program since they will be working with us Unfortunately with a very limited staff and many projects going on we are stretched thinly at the best of times We are happy to have the help and appreciate your work but it does mean more staff hours to co ordinate volunteers We also need to take care of feeding and boarding you and since we already run the garden on a shoestring budget every dollar counts We

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