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Education

Explore, Discover, Engage

We explore the critically important world of plants, collaborate to discover the role they play in our cultural and natural environments, and engage others to conserve nature and improve the human experience.

FWBG | BRIT knows that education is lifelong. We are dedicated to inspiring nature-lovers of all ages to explore the world around them, discover new interests, and engage their communities in positive change. Education at the Botanic Garden features programs for adults, children and families, and schools. We strive to introduce community members to the wonders of plants and ecology, the importance of conservation and sustainability, and social-emotional learning. 

The Education Department is always looking for contract facilitators to support field trips and other educational programs on the FWBG|BRIT campus under the guidance and training of the Education Department staff. Click here to apply today!

Our adult programs aim to build an inclusive community by bringing people closer to nature through science, creativity, and wellness approaches. Explore workshops, classes, and talks related to Botanical Arts and Crafts, Food and Wellness, Botany and Nature, or Horticulture and Gardening.

Children and families are invited to enjoy hands-on experiences with nature while cultivating their connections with each other and the natural world. Join us for a wide variety of early childhood programs, workshops, scout programs, homeschool events, and day camps. 

Student programs at the Garden and beyond reflect the importance of informal education in augmenting formal education programs for young people. Self-Guided field trips offer classes discounted access to our outdoor classrooms, while facilitated field trips offer fun, standards-aligned activities with a focus on environmental STEM exploration. Off- campus, the Bella Outreach seasonal program introduces early learners to scientific thinking.

For teachers, we provide several programs for TEA-approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. Whether you are looking for a single session of focused learning or a series to support your continued growth and Professional Learning Network, you can find it with FWBG | BRIT. Local schools can also arrange high-quality, custom Professional Development programming for their teachers to participate in together.

Tracy Friday

Vice President of Education & Volunteers

B.S. in Education, Texas Wesleyan University Biology, University of Texas...

Payton Simpkins

Education Program Coordinator

B.S. in Environmental Science with a Minor in Marketing, The...

Michelle Schmidlkofer

Education Coordinator and Database Manager

Michelle is a local fiber artist and nature lover with...

Kaylan Amaya

Education Operations Assistant

B.A. in Biology with a Minor in Psychology, The University...

Joanne Howard

Part-Time Adult Education Assistant

Joanne was raised on a farm in northwest Minnesota and...

Crissa Nugen

Community Education Manager

Crissa Nugen is a Horticulture Educator who has a passion...

Cheryl Potemkin

Early Childhood Program Manager

Cheryl happily discovered a career as an informal educator while...

Anna SoRelle

Innovative Learning Manager for Special Programs

Education: BA Anthropology, University of Georgia MA Museum Science, Texas...

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