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2021 Board Nominations

Nominations are Now Open!

The American Horticultural Therapy Association Board of Directors is seeking nominations for four (4) open board positions. You may nominate yourself or someone you believe will help steer the course of AHTA into the future. The Director at Large position is a 3-year term that begins at the AHTA Annual Member Meeting in October 2021 and lasts through October 2024.

Nominations will be accepted through March 31, 2021. If you are an individual with expertise in nonprofit management, education, and research, we especially need your help! However, all nominees are welcome! See requirements listed below, and submit a nomination today.

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Charles A. Lewis Excellence in Research Award

Nominations due by March 19, 2021

This award is given to a research scientist or research scientists who have published outstanding horticultural therapy research in a horticultural or medical journal. It recognizes contributions to evidence-based research that demonstrates the effectiveness of horticultural therapy and serves to increase the awareness of research-based findings supporting the health benefits offered through horticulture. 

Recipients will be invited to present their paper at the Virtual AHTA/IPPS 2021 Joint Annual Conference.

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2021 AHTA/IPPS Joint Annual Conference - Registration Opening Soon! Rates Available

This event, now to be held in a virtual format, is set for October 29–30, 2021, and is a joint symposium encompassing the 15th International People Plant Symposium, the 48th American Horticultural Therapy Association Annual Conference, and the 2nd International Symposium on Horticultural Therapies. Rates are now available and registration will open soon on March 15!

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Understanding Horticulture for Health and Well-being Webinar Series

The American Horticultural Therapy Association and the International People Plant Council have produced a free webinar series titled, “Understanding Horticulture for Health and Well-being.”

The series aims to share innovations in the field and highlights efforts to promote health, wellness and quality of life through horticulture. The webinars provide attendees with the opportunity to learn and interact with practitioners, educators, and researchers in diverse locations and regions.

For more information about the webinars, contact Dr. Candice Shoemaker, Kansas State University, at [email protected]. Questions regarding registration for continuing education hours should be addressed to [email protected], with the subject line "Horticulture Webinar Series."

The series is composed of the following four webinars:
Horticulture and the Community
Recording & Information
Working Together to Advance the Application of Horticulture to Human Well-being
Recording & Information
The Research Evidence
Recording & Information
Evidence-based Practice in Horticultural Therapeutic Interventions
Recording & Information

The American Horticultural Therapy Association Board of Directors acknowledges the racism and pain that has recently triggered a wave of protest across the country. The AHTA stands united against any form of racism, discrimination, and injustice. We admire and respect the generous work of our Black colleagues. The plants we use in our profession are powerful symbols of community and diversity. The AHTA is committed to ensuring all our diversity and inclusion goals align with our Code of Ethics. As we continue our mission to encourage the pursuit of outstanding standards of practice and disseminate critical knowledge across diverse constituent audiences, we strive to make the pursuit of horticultural therapy equitable, broadly accessible, and universally welcoming. We acknowledge the importance of examining what may stand in the way of becoming a more inclusive field, as diverse as the populations we proudly serve.


AHTA COVID-19 Updates

Updated December 2020

The majority of AHTA members renew at this time of the year. We recognize the many hardships that have stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic and extend our thanks and appreciation for your membership. 

If you are experiencing financial difficulties but would like to continue your membership please contact the AHTA Office. We value your membership, and appreciate that you want to stay connected and support the profession of horticultural therapy.

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Make a difference and help advance the profession of horticultural therapy by joining AHTA. Your membership will help support our mission to educate others about horticultural therapy, ensuring greater public awareness and access. Membership keeps you informed about the latest horticultural therapy news, gives you access to outstanding educational and networking opportunities, and more!

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