CREW’s Strolling Science Seminars has a new sponsor. The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) has awarded the CREW Land and Water Trust a grant of $1327 to partially fund our new adult education program called Strolling Science Seminars.
Because we got news of the grant just one week before our original seminars were to begin, we have changed the schedule a bit to allow time to advertise and register people for all the seminars. We cancelled the Nov. 5th seminar and added one in April 2012 on Pollinators. The new schedule, descriptions of each seminar, and the registration form can be found here. It begins with a strolling seminar on Florida Black Bears on December 2nd. Registration is required.
Each seminar is a field-based, hands-on workshop designed to help adults get more in-depth knowledge and skills related to wildlife monitoring and land management as well as a greater understanding of the watershed as a whole. Our goal is for citizens to return home and feel comfortable engaging in some kind of citizen science on their own.
We’re excited to have CHNEP co-sponsoring this series of adult environmental education workshops with us. We look forward to having many of you join us for one or more of the series.
The CREW Trust is offering a brand new adult environmental education program this season. Called Strolling Science Seminars, these 1/2 day long hike/workshops take place on the CREW trails with professors and land managers – all experts in their respective fields and fun, fascinating people to boot.
The goal is to introduce adults to scientific concepts like how to conduct simple research projects, how to monitor wildlife, and how animals and plants interact with their environment. Once you have some background knowledge and get some hands-on experience in the field with the hike leaders, you will be able to take what you know back home and use it to engage in a citizen science project of your own choosing.
We’ll also provide you with a specially designed Citizen Science website and handouts so you will have support and can get more information if you need it.
This six-seminar series begins November 5th, 2011 with Science in a 1/2 Day. Dr. billY Gunnels, from FGCU will take you through the scientific process – letting you explore, observe, and then pose a question about what you see along the trails. Then you’ll get to collect data and analyze it, finishing with a report back to the group. It’s a whirlwind science project out in the field and it is a fabulously fun day!