by Errika, Lake Shore High School
At the Botanical Gardens, there are many events and activities, but a lot of people don't know that summer internships are also offered! Every summer, many of the departments offer internships to high school or college students where we have the opportunity to work and gain experience. The Horticulture, Education, and Weddings and Events departments each took on 2 summer interns. I had the opportunity to gather some of the other interns’ thoughts about their experience here.
I’m Errika, and I worked in the weddings and events department. I am a senior at Lake Shore High School, focused on event planning. I really enjoyed this internship, because it helped me gain experience in this field and understand the responsibilities that come with being an event planner. I applied for this internship as a requirement for my Academy of Business and Finance class and to be able to gain experience in this career field. My favorite parts of my internship were being able to set up for the many different weddings that took place, as well as the friendly staff. One of my favorite events was the big tent wedding in June, because I loved seeing the whole event come together and helping set up the decor. I felt this was a very beneficial experience for my future by helping me gain the knowledge needed to be successful in this occupation. “I really enjoyed working with Christina, Julie, and Rachael. We were a great team. I can’t thank them enough for this amazing experience, and teaching me everything I learned!”
Spencer was a horticulture intern, who is a student at the University at Buffalo, focused on environmental science. He felt this was a great learning experience and beneficial for his future in horticulture. Spencer’s internship helped him become familiar with the different variety of plant species and the proper care for the diverse types. His favorite parts were the friendly and helpful staff and being able to work in the Botanical Gardens. Spencer’s favorite project was the Adopt-a-Garden program, because he was exposed to many different types of plant species. “I enjoyed the people I worked with the most. That makes the biggest difference in how much enjoyment I get out of the work!” said Spencer on working with the staff.
I also had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica, the education intern. She is a student at the University at Buffalo, focused on Environmental Geography Science. The way she landed this internship is actually a funny story, because she applied by accident! She was looking to volunteer at the Botanical Gardens, and the education director said they had an internship opening in their department for summer camp. Like all of us, Jessica thought it was a great opportunity to expand her experience and knowledge. She wanted to have a background working with kids. She enjoyed how welcoming the staff was, being able to work with different people and have different activities for the kids every day. Jessica felt this was a great practice for her future so she could possibly pursue a career that involves kids someday. “I want to try and stay on as a volunteer, and maybe come back next summer. It has helped a lot learning to work with kids.”
As you can see, participating in an internship at the Botanical Gardens was a great experience and has proven to be very beneficial to us as we progress forward in our schooling. We enjoyed the working environment and how receptive the staff was to teaching us! It was great to see the different interns’ perspective on their summer experience!
Looking for a fun and interesting internship? We have so much to offer! Horticulture, Education, Marketing, Guest Services, Facilities and so much more! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Hammer at 716.827.1584 ext. 207 or email@example.com
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces a new sculpture exhibit, Whispering from the Woods, in collaboration with, sculptor and artist Kim Bellavia. The nature themed sculpture exhibit will be displayed throughout the Botanical Gardens October 7 through November 5.
Bellavia is a sculptor/mixed media artist inspired by the landscape of the state parks, woodlands and National forests in the Finger Lakes Region of NY, where she lives. Her work depicts how nature and human nature weave themselves into the intrigue of life and the entropy of existence. Her most recent work “Whispering from the Woods”, is a series of 25 sculptures that will travel in 2018. The sculptures are constructed using a unique process of combining disregarded materials, such as stumps, branches, moss and vines, combined with an earthen material made of clay, sand and soil. Influenced by folklore, myth and symbolism of trees from different cultures, the forms in her work reveal the human aura of trees.
Her exhibit, Whispering from the Woods, at the Botanical Gardens will feature some of the traveling works; about 20 of her sculptures will be scattered throughout the conservatory. Visitors are encouraged to ponder each piece and enjoy the balance of art and nature.
“One of our goals is to bring to our guests, members and friends, new experiences and innovative exhibits. Inspired by nature, Kim’s unique collection will provide visitors an opportunity to consider ways art and nature are truly interconnected. We look forward to opening this exhibit on October 7.” Dave Swarts, President/CEO.
In the last five years, Kim has received local individual artist grants from the New York State Council of the Arts. She has been a working artist since 1996 and has shown nationally with a prolific exhibition vitae. Her earlier work has procured awards such as Best sculpture award (by Wendell Castle), Presidents award (Nazareth College) and a Commission from the Boulder Public library, Boulder Colorado. Go to http://kimbellavia.com/ for more information.
The exhibit will be open to visitors daily, October 7 through November 5, from 10am-5pm and is included with Botanical Gardens’ admission; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 62 and over, $9 for students ages 13 and over with ID, $6 for kids ages 3-12, Botanical Gardens’ members and kids 2 and under are always free.
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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their adult Make-It, Take-It Workshops for this fall. The Kokedama Hanging Garden class will take place on October 5, the Fairy Garden workshop will be held on October 17, and the Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement workshop will take place November 21.
Make-It, Take-It Workshops are extremely popular and some classic favorites are on the Botanical Gardens’ schedule for this fall. The Kokedama Hanging Garden class will be led by David Clark on October 5 from 6-8pm. Kokedama, or “moss ball gardening” is a Japanese hanging garden that originated from bonsai styles. These trendy arrangements are created with mosses, a packed soil mixture and string. Participants should prepare to get messy while creating these unique and decorative arrangements; bring gloves and a box for transporting your creation. The cost for this workshop is $45 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $50 for the general public.
The Fairy Garden workshop will be returning by popular request on October 17 from 6-8pm. In this workshop, adults are encouraged to unleash their inner creativity while using found and natural materials to make the perfect fairy hideaway. Containers, soil and plants are included with the workshop. Fairy trinkets, statuary, accessories and pre-made twig furniture will also be available for purchase at the workshop. The cost for this workshop is $40 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $45 for the general public.
The Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement workshop returns November 21 and, new this year, two sessions will be offered - 2-4pm and 6-8pm. In this floral design workshop, participants will create a beautiful autumnal arrangement for their Thanksgiving get-together. Organizers ask that participants bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport the arrangement. The cost for this workshop will be $35 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $40 for the general public. The Botanical Gardens will be closed November 20-23 to create some holiday magic, so this class will be held in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens.
Space is limited for all three workshops and pre-registration is required. Go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 716.827.1584 ext. 292 for more information and to register.
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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H program to bring a great family event to the Botanical Gardens again this fall. The 4-H Fall Fest, including animals on the 4-H farm, will be held at the Botanical Gardens from September 30 through October 15 from 10am to 4pm daily. A special BOOtanical Celebration, sponsored by Wegmans, will be included in the festival on October 14 from 10am to 2pm.
Through a wonderful partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H, the Botanical Gardens will celebrate National 4-H Week by featuring a 4-H Fall Fest from September 30 through October 15. Visitors will delight in interacting with a large cast of characters including ducks, sheep, piglets and rabbits at the onsite 4-H Farm. The 4-H Farm will be open from 10am to 4pm daily and will offer engaging educational displays and visits with 4-H families for visitors to enjoy. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County programs are designed to improve the quality of life for all county residents. Learn about all the amazing programs 4-H has to offer and so much more at this family fun event.
During 4-H Fall Fest, a special BOOtanical Celebration, sponsored by Wegmans, will celebrate all things creepy and crawly on October 14 from 10am to 2pm. Participants will learn about some spooky plants at the Botanical Gardens, participate in hands-on activities, make some fun crafts to take home, visit the 4-H Farm, visit the Bookmobile and more. Everyone will enjoy some Halloween prizes and healthy treats from Enad’s Bakery. The BOOtancial Celebration is also peanut allergy friendly. Visitors are also encouraged to wear their costumes and participate in a costume parade through the Botanical Gardens. Parade line-up begins at 10:45 and 12:45 in the Palm Dome. The parade travels in a circle through greenhouses of BOOtanical delights! 4-H members, posing as live mannequins, will model textiles and clothing they created this year along with some Halloween costumes.
4-H Fall Fest, the 4-H Farm and the BOOtanical Celebration are included with Botanical Gardens’ admission - $11 adults, $10 seniors (62+), $9 students (13+ with ID), $6 Kids 3-12, Botanical Gardens’ members and kids 2 and under are free. There is no additional entry fee for the activities or costume parade.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) 4-H program offers hands on learning opportunities to youth between the ages of 5-19 focusing on life skills. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adult volunteers and mentors who inspire young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world and stand up for themselves and their communities. For information about the CCE Erie 4-H program, visit www.erie.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development.
Tag @Buffalogardens, @erie4hny, @cornellcooperativeextensionoferiecounty when posting on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.