Karin Davidson-Taylor, B.Sc. (Guelph), B.Ed. (Brock). Education Officer, joined Royal Botanical Gardens in 2006, coming with 17 years’ experience teaching in both children and adults. She has been responsible for establishing RBG as a Canadian leader in the world of interactive videoconference-based virtual field trips. She develops and delivers our interactive virtual learning programs to students of all ages across Canada and globally, collaborating with other staff and partners when possible.

Danielle Barrett, Resource Interpréter/ Interprète de la nature, travaille comme interprète de la nature aux jardins botaniques royaux depuis 2013, où elle présente des programmes éducatifs à des groupes scolaires de la maternelle à la 12e année. Pendant l’hiver elle développe et participe aux programmes éducationnels pour le publique basés sur l’exposition présentée. Elle est bilingue et aime pouvoir offrir des programmes en français et anglais. Danielle à de l’expérience dans le domaine de l'interprétation depuis plus de 20 ans. Elle a hâte de partager sa passion pour l'éducation en plein air avec la communauté et promouvoir la langue française.

Karin Davidson-Taylor


SESSION: Insects in Winter

Except for a few that migrate, most of the insects we see in the spring, summer and fall are still around in the winter in some form. Where are they and how do they survive the cold? Share the results of your experiment to explore the answer. Can you find any insect evidence outside? Hint: look at the plants!

(This session will be available both in English and in French!) 




Some of us have amazing resources that we can access locally to support our education programs, but not everyone has the same opportunities. No matter where you are, your students can interact with our educators and scientists and explore topics like biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment. If you’ve never participated in an interactive distance learning experience, here is your chance to get a taste of what it is like. Discover Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), Canada’s biodiversity hotspot, composed of 1100 hectares of natural sanctuaries and gardens at the southwest tip of Lake Ontario. During the program, we’ll introduce you to RBG and ask you to participate in some of our interactive programs. Our programs offer meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. We’ll start with a critical part of a plant's life, insects; Creatures with Wings and Crawly Things (Kindergarten – Gr 3). Join us for a True and False game to explore what an insect is and then reinforce that with an action song. For those that are looking for French content, we can offer that as well. You’ll see a portion of a Growing Seeds (Gr 2 – 6) featuring our French educator, Danielle Barrette. For Gr 6 – 9, we’ll do a segment from Human Impacts on Ecosystems. Discover how we are mitigating some of the stressors in our wetlands and the results. All of our programs are curriculum linked to the province that they are presented to and we appreciate being able to connect with program coordinators (parents, guardians or organizations) to consult on the focus and content of the programs. Join Karin to discover how RBG is reaching out to urban, rural and remote communities via videoconference, engaging 21st Century learners while promoting environmental education.


SESSION: Online Adventures with RBG at Home – Nature Lesson with Royal Botanical Gardens

Join us as we explore how Royal Botanical Gardens delivers fun, engaging virtual programs to families each week. Become a nature detective and explore RBG with us for our missing animal artifacts. Help us return our nature items to our learning corner. A program fun for the whole family and inquiring minds alike!



In the summer we see dandelions seeds flying past us. How are they able to move? Plants have a variety of ways of moving to a new sprouting spot. Join Karin for this interactive exploration of how seeds move. You’ll be able to help choose what we look at and be ready to play a little memory game. If time allows, we’ll build a paper maple key seed. Don’t forget to check out our pre- and post-conference activities, and videos!

En été, nous voyons des graines de pissenlit qui volent partout. Comment sont-elles capables de se déplacer ? Les plantes ont diverses façons de se déplacer vers un nouveau lieu. Joignez-nous pour cette exploration interactive pour découvrir comment les graines se déplacent. Vous pourrez aider à choisir ce que nous regardons et soyez prêt à jouer à un petit jeu de mémoire. Si le temps le permet, nous construirons une graine d’érable en papier. N'oubliez pas de télécharger nos activités et vidéos avant et après l’atelier !

English & French Presentations.