Environmental stewardship and community engagement are our top strategic goals. Not only do we promote responsible landscaping practices through onsite classes and community outreach, we evaluate our own cultural practices to ensure we are meeting our own expectations.
Many communities have limited exposure to the natural world and botanical gardens can help fill that void. Whether advising on a community garden, connecting kids to nature through hands-on learning, supporting local fairs and expos, or donating time and resources to other non-profits, Norfolk Botanical Garden serves as resource to the entire community across the board.
Establishing NBG as a leader in environmental stewardship is our number one strategic goal. This includes initiatives to expand and improve our in-house environmentally sustainable practices and to empower Hampton Roads residents to adopt sustainable practices.
We are cognizant of the impact our office and gardening practices have on the ecosystem. We strive to constantly review and improve our practices.
Deepening our engagement with the community is an institutional priority. NBG is an important cultural component not just within the City of Norfolk but to the entire Hampton Roads Community.
Our engagement with the public is multifaceted and extends far beyond our physical footprint. While a good majority of our outreach centers on horticultural advice, we welcome opportunities to provide meaningful contributions to folks within the community.
Partnering with teen-based community groups like Teens with a Purpose and area schools like Booker T. Washington High School and Denbigh Early Childhood Center gives us the opportunity to connect with a broader audience that includes our next generation of stewards. In many instances, we are able to offer field trips free of charge through our Day of Nature Fund. These opportunities provide inspiration and gives students a tangible connection to the natural world and its ensuing benefits. Our youth education programming includes visits to area Title I schools, STEM events, education–based expos and scout programs.