Botanic Gardens Learning By Leading

Apply to join one of our three teams!

Applications due Sept 11, 2022

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About Us

The Learning by Leading™ (LxL) internship model at Cornell Botanic Gardens seeks to build a network of dynamic student-led teams — supported by the Gardens’ staff and resources — who are passionate about environmental issues, skilled in collaboration and communication, and capable of creative problem-solving.

The LxL program centers on collaboration, co-creation, experiential learning, and the importance of place. LxL is built on a small team-based structure, in which a staff mentor at the gardens is paired with two student co-leaders. Based on interest in leadership, Team Members are encouraged to apply for the paid position of Team Co-Leader the following year.

The Co-Leaders coordinate the activities of small teams of peers who will, with the guidance and support of the staff mentor, carry out student-led projects and initiatives that work toward achieving Botanic Gardens’ mission.

OUR MISSION: Inspiring people---through cultivation, conservation, and education---to understand, appreciate and nurture plants and the cultures they sustain.

Learning by Leading is an opportunity to experience independence, teamwork, and student leadership (similar to that of a student club), with the support of professional expertise, administrative connections, and funding of a well-established, major public facing institution – the Cornell Botanic Gardens.

There are currently three Learning by Leading Teams at Cornell Botanic Gardens. Applicants should apply for at least one of the following teams:

• Garden Ambassadors Team, dedicated to outreach, engagement, and informal education

• Horticultural Enterprise team, specializing in plant propagation and sales

• Sustainable Landscapes team, focused on stewardship of the natural areas managed by the Gardens

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    Upcoming Events

    Dec 3 | 10:00am - 12:30pm

    Wreaths and Winter Greens

    Join us for a tour of the Mullestein Winter Garden and make an evergreen wreath to take home in this special holiday program. Students in our Learning by Leading program will introduce you to the Winter Garden, which features a wide variety of evergreens and plants with winter beauty, and guide you through making your own wreath using cut greens and other decorations. Learn about the cultural lore surrounding evergreen plants and the historical significance of wreaths, and savor some festive holiday treats. Refreshments and all materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own decorative embellishments to make your wreath uniquely yours! PLEASE NOTE: Registration deadline is Friday, November 18. Fee: $35 general admission; $30 Botanic Gardens members; $25 Cornell students Instructor: Staff and students in the Learning by Leading program Location: Nevin Welcome Center To register: Event on Localist: Event on Facebook:

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    Meeting new students with shared interest

    Our Team

    Jakara Zellner
    Michelle Bidwell
    Krissy Boys
    Sonja Skelly
    Phil Syphrit
    Joan Christine Dawkins
    Jacqueline Venable-Croft
    Roxy Moore
    Kevin Moss
    Annika Dahlin


    Botanic Gardens Learning By Leading

    Ithaca New York 14853
    United States