Outreach is an important component to the GEO Mission. Here are a few examples of the types of Outreach Activities that GEO staff and volunteers are engaged in.
As part of our educational outreach mission, GEO staff are happy to offer herbarium tours during our normal operating hours. Tours typically will be of about 30 minutes in duration and are designed to be flexible to meet the interests and needs of the group. We are particularly interested in giving tours to local school groups of any age. Contact the collections manager to schedule a tour.
The herbarium curator, Dr. Quave, is available to give engaging public lectures on GEO activities, including research on medicinal plants, wild edible plants, and more. These lectures are typically 1 hour in length and require the use of a computer projector. The goal of these lectures is to expand public awareness and appreciation of botany in our daily lives. Examples of target audiences include K-12 schools, garden clubs, nature clubs, and etc. Contact her for more information and availability.
As an example, in 2014, Dr. Quave presented “Medicines From Nature: Adventures of a Medical Ethnobotanist” as a Science Cafe lecture hosted at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. In 2015, she presented “Deadly Cures: Medical Discoveries from Poisonous Plants” at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Below are some photos from the outreach events: