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Happy Poké-hunting Guide

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Pokemon GO at Bok Tower Gardens

We’re so excited to introduce Bok Tower Gardens to a new generation of enthusiasts. Visitors have always said that everyone comes to the Gardens for a different reason. Some come for peacefulness and tranquility, others come for musical events, and with new garden spaces opening very soon we are ready to attract an even wider audience than ever before.

Welcome, Poké-hunters

Bok Tower Gardens was founded as a bird sanctuary, a haven for wildlife to live without the fear of being hunted. And that mission is not changing anytime soon. However, with the launch of Pokémon GO we are encouraging our guests to fill their Pokédex with plenty of digital bounty. Armed with only your smartphone, do your best to catch every last one of the little virtual Pokémon creatures that are highly attracted to places of arts and culture across the nation. Other gardens and museums are wonderful places to test your skills, so we’ve put together a short guide to help you on your way to an enjoyable safari through the wild of Bok Tower Gardens.

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New Nesting Boxes Prove To Be Quite Popular

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Signs of new wildlife continue to delight this spring, as kestrels and screech owls have inhabited the new nesting boxes located on the Knoll and in the Wild Garden behind Windows on the Pond.

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Veggies, Fresh From Your Smartphone!

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Do you want to know if it’s the right time of year to plant a vegetable? Want to buy Florida produce but you don’t know whether it’s in season? UF/IFAS has a new app to guide you!
It’s called the Florida Fresh veggie app, and you can now download it for free on any mobile device. The idea to create this new mobile friendly app emanated from one of the most popular Extension documents ever written: “The Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide.”
It’s pretty simple: enter your zip code, and the app tells you what vegetables to plant at that time of year. But the app’s uses go way beyond timely planting of vegetables. You can also discover the seasonal availability of Florida-grown produce. And there’s more. If you touch any of the photos, the app provides detailed information about each fruit and vegetable, including planting tips, best varieties for Florida and nutritional value. Additionally, the app gives you links to Extension documents about the plants, best practices for successful gardening and much more.

Bok Tower Gardens and UF/IFAS Extension are in a long term partnership to promote school and community gardening, native-plant and wildlife gardening, and garden classes through existing IFAS programs such as Florida Friendly Landscaping. Our goal is to create opportunities together to help your gardens and healthy lifestyle thrive!

Registration Now Open for Discovery Days Summer Camp

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Discovery Days children

July 11 to July 15, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 18 to July 22, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 25 to July 29, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 1 to August 5, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

$110 per session ($100 for members)

Looking for a series of engaging, outdoor programs for your child to attend this summer?

Discovery Days Summer Camp for Kids is a series of stimulating day camps for children ages 6-8 and 9-12 filled with discovery, exploration and imagination to keep young minds actively engaged and learning through the summer months. Informal, week-long sessions for each age group feature activities to help children discover the world of Bok Tower Gardens through art, science, cooking, gardening, and sensory explorations.

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Volunteer Job Fair Jan. 15

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There is something for everyone at Bok Tower Gardens, and once you think you’ve “seen it all” there is even more going on behind-the-scenes! Consider volunteering with us and learn how you can put your incredible talents to use at one of America’s finest gardens – complete with benefits, too!

On Friday, January 15 at 2pm, come hear from key people throughout the Gardens who are making the world a bit better and more beautiful each day. Representatives from various departments across the garden campus will take you on a tour of the volunteering opportunities we offer, answer questions, and acquaint you with your beautiful surroundings.

With so many new garden spaces opening through mid-2016, Bok Tower Gardens appreciates you more than ever. Submit the form below with the check box to “RSVP to the next Volunteer Job Fair” and our volunteer manager Rachel Henderson will be in touch. Seating is limited, so reservations are encouraged.

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New Online Access to Digital Collections

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New to our website is direct access to our digital archives!  You will immediately be brought face to face with original items from our collections.  Currently, there are four groups of materials:  Digital Papers, which includes condolence correspondence to Mrs. Bok upon Mr. Bok’s death in 1930; Digital Photographs, which features construction images of the famous ‘Singing Tower;’ Digital Postcards, a collection of historic postcards spanning all aspects of Bok Tower Gardens’ history; and the Digital Carillon Collection, featuring images of bells, towers, and carillonneurs.  More digital collections will be added in the future.

Our digital archives are also keyword searchable. Descriptions and other information, called metadata, help to sort and locate all items that might be relevant to each search. Something fun and interesting to do is to “Browse All” and explore all the historical items in the collection.

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Welcome New Director of Education Tricia Martin

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The Gardens welcomes our new Director of Education Tricia Martin to the team. Tricia comes to us with significant senior level, non-profit experience focusing on conservation, education, fundraising, and community relations.

Tricia’s career at the Gardens actually began more than 25 years ago when she served as our Curator of Education from 1990-1994. More recently, she developed programs that supported the mission of Archbold Biological Station in nearby Venus, FL and directed conservation initiatives for The Nature Conservancy.

Getting to know Tricia, in her own words, “I have two children and love to eat good food. I do a lot of cooking, love to read, and practice yoga. I’m also a biking enthusiast, and the West Orange Trail is one of my favorite rides.”

Tricia will work to develop partnerships between teachers, education specialists, businesses and community groups, using Edward Bok’s story as a source of inspiration. Her overarching goals are to: spark imaginations; cultivate a sense of wonder and discovery; develop programs to enhance social, environmental and community awareness; and provide children with empowering moments.

Collins Carillon Fellowship Helps Mentor the Next Generation of Carillonneurs

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Two world-class carillon students have the unique opportunity to study under Gardens’ Carillonneur Geert D’hollander thanks to a new fellowship program made possible by a gift from Paul and Carol Collins. This also means visitors will enjoy live carillon music seven days a week through early May 2015.

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New Partnership With University of Florida/IFAS Underway

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A new partnership is emerging between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension and historic Bok Tower Gardens.

The partnership between the state’s preeminent land-grant university and this historic garden will provide onsite demonstration gardens, education programs and conservation research, as well as outreach programs to help people better see, appreciate, and connect with plants. A new school and community gardens program has already begun operations to teach food gardening to students and residents.

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Volunteer at the Gardens! Learn more at Job Fair Jan. 16

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Ready to learn new skills, meet new people, and have fun? Join the staff of Bok Tower Gardens at its annual Volunteer Job Fair on Friday, January 16 at 2 p.m.

Information will be available from a variety of Gardens’ departments that offer volunteer opportunities. Once a volunteer donates 50 hours of service or more, they earn a tour of the Singing Tower, membership to the Gardens, and numerous other benefits.

“This is a great opportunity for individuals of all ages to learn new things, make wonderful friends, and have a rewarding experience all while having fun,” explains Visitor Services Manager Rachel Henderson.

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