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The Next Generation Program


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A New Program of the ARS
Our Goal:  Attract and prepare the Next Generation (Next Gen) of Rhododendron experts.

The Program's Target Group
• Early career individuals who work in a professional capacity with students and/or with plants.

• Students in post-secondary education programs in horticulture, biology, conservation or other related fields.

Making ARS resources more visible and accessible to students, young scientists and horticulturalists is a primary objective of the Next Generation program at both the ARS national and local chapter levels.

  Next Gen Benefits:
• Networking opportunities
• Mentoring by experts
• Research opportunities
• Experiential learning
• Publishing opportunities
• Conservation knowledge
• Research funding
• Sponsorships
• References for jobs

rhododendron gardener
 Photo by Christina Woodward

  ARS Resources & Expertise:
• International network of experts
• Mentorships
• Volunteer projects
• Plant culture & care knowledge
• Journal publications
• Test and display gardens
• Rhododendron Research Network
• Research funding
• Sponsorships

For more information contact Christina Woodward at or Dr. Juliana Medeiros at

American Rhododendron Society
P.O. Box 43, Craryville, NY 12521
Ph: 631-533-0375   E-Mail:
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