District Students Plant 10,000 Bulbs & Explore Horticulture Careers

Preble Agriscience students plant 3,500 bulbs at Botanical GardensIn partnership with the Green Bay Botanical Gardens (GBBG), Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), and Green Bay Area Public School District, 52 high school students representing East High School, Preble High School, and Southwest High School recently participated in an opportunity to explore careers in horticulture and landscaping.

High school students met with Susan Garot, Executive Director, and Mark Konlock, Director of Horticulture, from the GB Botanical Gardens to learn about important role the GBBG plays in sustaining a green environment in our community. The GBBG is involved in a number of local, regional, and national projects instrumental to developing new species of plants and maintaining the viability of a number of plants. Students gained an understanding of the importance of invasive species removal, and assisted in planting 10,000 bulbs for the GBBG spring displays while learning about horticulture tools and planting methods used in the industry.

Students also met with landscape horticulture instructors from NWTC and toured the facilities that house the landscaping and horticulture programs. Instructors discussed various skills and training needed to complete a degree in the field and how to be successful in a career in landscaping and horticulture. The demand for highly skilled professionals in these career pathways continues to increase with demand exceeding the supply of qualified individuals.

Students also received information on career opportunities in the region and learned about internships and jobs available at the GBBG for high school and college students. Students were encouraged to consider exploring a number of the volunteer opportunities available at the GBBG.

District instructors will use the experience at the GBBG to support the Agriscience/Natural Resources curriculum. The opportunity for students to see the concepts they are learning in the classroom in a real community setting is essential to their continued learning and supports the District mission of ensuring that all students are college, career and community ready. Thank you to the Green Bay Botanical Garden and NWTC for creating this awesome opportunity for our students!

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