REINSVOLD, ROBERT J.* AND DAVID W. KRAMER. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO 80639 and Department of Biology, Ohio State University at Mansfield, Mansfield, OH 44906. - Educational outreach activities of the Botanical Society of America.
In 1995, the Botanical Society of America identified major educational
goals for the future of plant science in their report Botany for
the Next Millennium. One of the primary "calls to
action" was to "promote effective botanical education of
K-12". In response to this call, the Education Committee and the
Teaching Section of BSA has led a national effort to help K-12
teachers learn how to use plants to teach general biology principles.
In addition, BSA is collaborating with other organizations to advance
botanical education at both the precollege and undergraduate levels.
These organizations include American Society of Plant Physiologists,
Project Kaleidoscope, American Phytopathological Society, American
Society of Agronomy, Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences,
BioQUEST, American Institute of Biological Sciences, National
Association of Biology Teachers, and National Association of Science
Teachers. This presentation will report on the success of past
workshops and outreach activities that BSA has sponsored. A
discussion will follow to generate additional ideas and suggestions
for additional improvement in outreach opportunities and
Key words: bioeducation, botanical education, K-12, precollege education, undergraduate education