03 Sep

Sponsorship of scholars from overseas: Thanks to a scholarship program launched 30 years ago by the UK Friends of the Botanical Gardens, some 100 talented horticulturalists from overseas have spent varying periods of time at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (JBG). Many of these scholars have gone onto key positions in the horticultural industry worldwide, serving as ambassadors for JBG and creating a network of contacts for information and seed exchange. Scholars come to Jerusalem for periods ranging from six months to one year. They work with the gardening team on a variety of projects, depending on the gardens' needs at that time of year and the scholars' fields of interest. Each scholar also carries out a personal project. Scholars are accommodated in an apartment close to the Gardens and are offered tours to different parts of Israel, and the opportunity to study Hebrew. The project was recently launched in Australia as well.  The cost of each scholarship includes return flight, insurance, a proportion of house bills, and a modest monthly stipend. Cost of one six-month scholarship: NIS 50,000.  

Young Environmental Leadership Program: The first of its kind in the country, this program provides environmental and leadership training to teenagers who can then create environmental projects in their communities and galvanise local residents. This program, called Green Team, has spawned and even larger project, B'Shvil, which aims to turn a Ministry of Education requirement that all 8th grade pupils perform 60 hours of community service from lip-service to a reality.

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Subsidies and scholarships: The Gardens' Education Department runs programs for schools on a wide range of subjects, from herbs and medicinal plants to life in the rainforests. But many schools – both Jewish and Arab – are unable to take part because they cannot afford the cost of transport to and from the Gardens.Cost: Subsidies to enable ten classes to come for one visit, including a train tour, creative workshop and an environment-related film or performance   NIS 20,000

Scholarships can help those without means – Jews and Arabs alike – to join our professional gardeners' courses. These provide Ministry of Labor accreditation and provide a high-level of academic and professional education for work. Cost: NIS 4,000 per scholarship (representing 66% of the course cost).

In-service training for teachers: Each teacher has the potential to enrich 30 or more children with his or her new-found knowledge and understanding. Funds are sought to expand teacher training for special populations, such as Arabs and ultra-orthodox Jews.

Introductory Film: A film about the Botanical Gardens would significantly improve the visitor experience. Screened in the auditorium of the Visitors' Center, it would prepare visitors for their tour, relying primarily on a visual language suitable for all ages and cultures. Cost: NIS 40,000

Self-guided walking tours: The Gardens wish to develop a series of self-guided walking tours on different subjects, on different levels, and in different languages. Cost of planning each route and designing a flyer: NIS 15,000

100 Plants with a story: Effective education demands the right level of communication. This lies behind a new project that will focus on 100 plants with the best stories. JBG has commissioned a special revolving plaque to present the stories in Hebrew, Arabic and English, also allowing for a donor dedication. Each plaque, with full color pictures, provides botanical information translated into everyday language, as well as a "Did you Know?" section revealing some of the fascinating secrets of our natural floral world. Cost of each revolving plaque: NIS 7,000

Sponsorship of lectures and conference days: By offering subjects as diverse as 'Medicinal Plants' to 'The Art and Design of Bonsai', these lectures and conference days will reach out to professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike.

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