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NCYGS Call for Submissions Deadline Extended to January 13

Deadline to submit presentation proposals for the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium has been extended to Friday, January 13.  

In partnership with University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and UT Gardens, NCYGS 2023 will be held in Knoxville, July 12 – 15. NCYGS is the longest running national event where garden educators (pre-K through 12th) convene to learn about current trends in nature-based education and share resources, best practices, and inspiring stories with peers across the country.   

Presentations should be adapted for a diverse audience of classroom teachers, “informal” educators from a variety of organizations, botanical gardens staff, landscape architects, program coordinators, and more. Sessions may be presented in either a lecture or workshop format. Additional guidelines and proposal writing tips can be found on our website, as well as last year’s sessions.

Notifications regarding the status of each proposal will be sent out in February, and selected presenters will receive a discounted rate to attend the Symposium.  

We are excited to review your proposals! You are the frontline of gardening trends, challenges, solutions, research and best practices in youth education. Your participation shapes the future of gardening and its impact on the earth.

If you have just an idea, a question, or need any type of support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to

Read more about NCYGS 2023 and submit your presentation proposal by January 13!

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Call for Sessions for NYCGS 2023

The American Horticultural Society, in collaboration with UT Gardens, Knoxville, has issued a Call for Sessions for the annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS) taking place in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 12-15, 2023. NCYGS is an annual professional development conference for garden educators who inspire today’s youth to become tomorrow’s gardeners.

Interested in leading a session at the conference? We are accepting session proposals through January 6, 2023. These peer-led sessions will focus on thought-provoking topics, provide practical knowledge and skills, and appeal to a variety of experience levels and educational settings. Presenters will be informed by January 31 and will receive discounted registration to the Symposium.

For questions, please email with questions. Join our mailing list to receive periodic updates about the NCYGS.

Learn More and submit proposal