CAPS Education & Outreach: 2020 Year-in-Review
The Center for Applied Plant Sciences coordinates an education and outreach program focused on connecting researchers and educators with students and the public through community events, school programs and field trips to raise awareness about the important role plants play in our daily lives. CAPS outreach programs typically reach more than 5,000 individuals on an annual basis. As a result of the global pandemic most outreach programs in 2020 were canceled and those that took place after March pivoted to a virtual format. CAPS was pleased to be able to participate in several virtual programs including Ohio State’s WestFest, COSI’s Farm Days, and STEM Education Office Hours among others. Despite the pandemic and the limitations of social distancing, CAPS was able to reach more than 1,500 individuals through outreach programming in 2020.