Like many other botanical gardens around the world, PBG will be more than a recreational site, it will be an important educational institution. We’re in the process of developing relationships with local colleges and universities to support and create local botany, horticulture, and environmental science programs.
Importance of Plants in Higher Education
Many of our local and regional colleges and universities don’t have access to adequate facilities to study any kind of ecology and plant science hands-on. PBG will be the living laboratory that gives access to plants that they can learn from. Our gardens will be a tool for teachers and students in a number of classes and majors. Here are some of the studies that will benefit from PBG’s construction:
- Environmental Science
- Climate Studies
- Traditional Medicine
- Soil and Water Studies
- Habitat Restoration
A Regional Hub for Science
As a premier botanical garden—the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest—PBG’s connections with higher education institutions will form the backbone of a reimagined, interdepartmental, regional plant sciences program. Collegiate partners will have access to the facilities and resources of PBG, which will create research opportunities and hopefully increase horticultural interest among students.
We’re in the process of developing our educational strategies and connections with local and regional colleges and universities. Please stay tuned for more information about our future higher education offerings. If you have any questions, you can email our Education Director, Michael Hyde.