Many gardens turned to Zoom in a hurry last year to build out virtual programming for youth and adult educational programs, large meetings, and other events. The convenience and accessibility of online programming helped broaden audiences and overcome barriers to participation. Even as we turn back to in-person events, virtual programming will continue to play an important role in how we connect audiences to our gardens and our mission, and it’s important that our staff are well trained in operating virtual programs to provide the same quality of experience audiences expect from our gardens.

This two part webinar series is designed for intermediate level Zoom program managers – staff who understand the basic functionality, but need help improving student management, program experience, participant engagement, evaluation, recording, and more. Each session includes three educational modules taught by different instructors from Morton Arboretum, Longwood Gardens, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The second session will take place on August 31st and cover moderation and post-program engagement (registration here). The sessions are designed to be stand alone, you may attend one or both sessions. 

Session 1 will cover the following modules:

Module 1 – Setting Up your Meeting or Webinar

Module 2 – Planning, Recording, Quality Control

Module 3 – Student Orientation and Welcome

Each module will be followed by a Q&A session. We will aim to answer as many questions as possible, the session may run slightly long as a result of this. 

Registration is free for members and $15 for non-members through a sponsorship from Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, with support from IMLS Museums for America.