Tuesday, April 23, 2024

University of Maryland College Park
Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center - Room 2208
4131 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742


Maryland Public Television (MPT) and University of Maryland (UMD) students come together to learn more about UMD's Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, as well as discuss global and local impact with academic leaders. Attendees will gather first for a screening of a Wild Hope episode followed by a discussion led by Meg Smolinski, Outreach Coordinator for the campus arboretum. Meg will educate us on how the UMD Arboretum and Botanical Gardens work to promote the University’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices, and connect this to the global impact each of us can have. 

Following the presentation, attendees can explore the University of Maryland Arboretum and Gardens at their own pace. The campus has a variety of garden spaces containing a wide array of plant species to admire. A collection of statues and memorial plaques all over campus tell a detailed story of UMD's history. Resources will be provided to make the most out of your self-guided tour! This event is part of the MPT's Wild Hope engagement grant in collaboration with The WNET Group and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. 

This event is FREE but advance registration is required. 

Wild Hope is a new documentary series that highlights global stories of intrepid changemakers who are restoring and protecting our planet through hyper-local initiatives that generate measurable progress. Learn more about Wild Hope and watch episodes by visiting 

The University of Maryland Arboretum and Botanical Garden strives to be an instrument of horticultural distinction, landscape design and interpretation, and place-making reflecting the university’s education, research, and service missions. The Arboretum and Botanical Gardens incorporates the diverse heritage landscapes of the campus from its beginnings as an agricultural college founded in 1856 to its current urban setting befitting a distinguished research university. Through exemplary practices of environmental stewardship, horticulture, and urban forestry, the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens will enhance the campus’ aesthetic and promote awareness of conservation and preservation of our natural environment for the enrichment of the university community, the citizens of Maryland, and our visitors. 


  • How long is the presentation? The screening and presentation will begin promptly at 4pm and run for approximately one hour. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions!
  • How much time do we have to explore after the presentation? There is no "closing time" of the UMD campus and attendees are welcome to explore the grounds at their leisure. Something to note: on April 23, the sun sets at 7:54pm.
  • What age groups are welcome to attend? This event is appropriate for attendees 16 years of age or older. We encourage multi-generational attendee groups. 
  • How do we get there? generational Attendees can get to the University of Maryland College Park via car or public transportation. The university is serviced by Metrobus as well as the UMD Shuttle 104 that runs from the Prince George's Metro Station to Regents Drive Garage (3 min. walk to venue). The shuttle is free for anyone to use, no student/faculty ID required.
  • Where do we park? Paid parking is available on campus. The closest parking garage is the Regents Drive Parking Garage located at 8056 Regents Drive, College Park, MD 20742. More details will be provided to registrants.

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