In my trajectory as a garden educator, interpreter, and teacher, I've found a couple of basic truths. (I had a lovely experience this morning doing a program for 20 graduating Master Naturalists).
It's not about the information, rather it's about connection.
It's about engagement, not content.
It's not about what you know, but how you teach.
And taking advantage of teachable moments, where ever they happen is key.
We saw a Cooper's Hawk today in our morning walk, probably attracted by migrants coming through the Garden. I certainly hadn't seen one in the Garden before. It first sat on a fence rail above the Duck Pond and then swooped below one of the ginkgoes up the slope, trying to nab something beneath a Salvia clump.
We couldn't see if the hawk was successful, but s/he then perched on top of a nearby sign for awhile.
A teachable moment, for sure. I wouldn't have known that it was a Cooper's Hawk, but a naturalist from a local state park was part of our group (he's one of the regular teachers).