The Morton Arboretum is proud to announce the upcoming release of the second season of “Planted: Finding Your Roots in STEM Careers,” a podcast designed to give STEM-focused high school or early college students an introduction to the wide variety of environmentally focused career paths available to them.
Following up on the first season, which discussed the career paths of plant professionals, Season 2 will introduce new guests and will delve further into the specific skills and traits that are key drivers to career success. In each episode a featured guest will share personal experiences and discuss how to leverage specific strengths such as collaboration, versatility, innovation or adventure, in a career and beyond. The variety of guests range from a CEO with honed leadership skills, to a living collections curator with an eye for adventure, to a tree conservation ecologist who collaborates with scientists across the globe to ensure tree species don’t go extinct.
The first three episodes of the nine-episode season will be available on August 27 on Google Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher. Subsequent episodes will be released each Tuesday through September 24.
Each episode of the podcast comes with a set of supporting resources and bonus content created by The Morton Arboretum for students, parents, and teachers to use. The material includes lesson plans for teachers that correlate to content from each podcast, profiles of each of the featured tree and plant science professionals and a STEM career chart that highlights the opportunities and the educational requirements for various tree and plant science jobs. All of the lesson plans are geared toward high school students and align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
“This podcast series was very well received when we launched it last year and we are thrilled to be able to continue the conversation in Season 2 by focusing on specific traits that lend themselves to careers in tree and plant science,” said Meghan Wiesbrock, manager of curriculum and instruction at the Arboretum, and one of the hosts of the podcast. “Careers in the plant profession offer a wide array of opportunities to address environmental issues, sustainable living and protecting threatened or endangered plant species. We hope this podcast will inspire our listeners to not only consider plants as part of a career path, but also to become more involved in nature and the environment.”
Inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals and tree champions is just one of the ways The Morton Arboretum works towards a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.
For more information or to access the podcast episodes, visit the Planted: Finding Your Roots In STEM Careers page on The Morton Arboretum’s website.
The Morton Arboretum thanks the Multimedia Services at the College of DuPage for its support in producing this project.