Guests are actively looking for ways to combat climate change in their life. In one study, 44 percent of people surveyed said they “believe their actions are too small to help stop climate change” and 32% said they “do not feel knowledgeable about their actions they can take.” Only 55% of participants in this study believe they are doing enough to fight climate change. Museums, zoos, and botanical gardens have the opportunity to extend the reach of their impact against climate change by educating visitors about what they can do to help the planet. Successfully engaging visitors about climate action is essential for sustainable change to combat climate change.

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Listed below are Visitor goals of the Climate Toolkit:

Fossil-free horticulture includes eliminating gas powered lawn and garden equipment, excluding pesticides and herbicides, and planting native and drought resistant plants. Practicing fossil-fuel horticulture helps to improve and protect the local ecosystem, connects individuals to their local environment and provides positive health outcomes for gardeners. Educating visitors about fossil-free horticulture will help them to enjoy gardening more responsibly.


Climate change can feel daunting, but you can help your visitors take a big first step in living more sustainably by helping them transition their household to a green power energy provider.


Food choices can have a huge effect on the environment. Eating a plant-rich diet and reducing food waste can significantly diminish emissions and encouraging your guests to do the same can have an incredible multiplier effect.


Educating your guests is a starting tool to help them make sustainable changes in their lives. Botanical gardens, museums and zoos can encourage their guests to bring sustainability into their backyards and daily lives through gardening, eating, day-to-day activities and more.



Organic farming practices were created to work in harmony with nature by protecting the soil health without synthetic pesticides and herbicides, using crop rotations with cover crops, and composting. Teaching guests the importance of organic food systems will support the healthy building of the soil and further connect visitors to the food system.


Institutions Pursuing Visitors Goals:

Anchorage Museum

Alaska and the Circumpolar North

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Chesapeake Bay Watershed (Maryland, Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Delaware)

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

New England

Cornell Botanic Gardens

New York Finger Lakes

Holden Forests and Gardens

Northern Ohio

Horniman Museum and Gardens

South East London, UK

Jardin botanique de Montréal, Espace pour la vie/ Montréal Botanical Gardens, Montréal Space for Life


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Central Texas

Morton Arboretum

Midwest USA and Global

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mt. Cuba Center


New York Botanical Garden

Bronx, New York City

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Coastal Virginia, North Carolina
North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Carolina

Oakland Zoo and Conservation Society of California

East Bay Area and Greater Bay Area, CA

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Western Pennsylvania

San Diego Botanic Garden

Southern California

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

California Central Coast

Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University


Science Museum of Minnesota


Smithsonian Gardens

Washington, DC Metro