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About Us

What is BGEN?



Little nature lovers aged three to five years are invited to join Zippy Dragonfly and his bushland friends on a fun,

early learning adventure at Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park. Image credit: Lanie-Sims/BGPA.


The Botanic Gardens Engagement Network (BGEN) is a special interest group created and constituted under Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) national umbrella.

The purpose of BGEN is to create a professional development network for Botanic Gardens staff and volunteers who work in the following areas:

  • Schools education
  • Community education
  • Higher education
  • Interpretation
  • Public / visitor ┬áprograms
  • Community development / engagement
  • Customer / visitor / information services
  • Adult learning
  • Outreach
  • Volunteering
  • Or any area that relates to engaging our visitors and wider community with the role of botanic gardens.

To support sharing and collaboration between Botanic Gardens and to facilitate the exchange of innovative practices, research and evaluation. View BGEN’s blog posts here.

Want to find out more? Read our charter, which is the guiding document for BGEN, or contact Paul Swift, BGEN Convenor, to ask any questions or share your ideas, at