Do more citizen science with high school youth. Consider backpacking, shocking for stream life, or invasive species focus.
ECO-Meet is a competition for HS age youth that focuses on the flora and fauna of Kansas. Teams of 3-4 students compete in four events (scavenger hunt, interpretive event, habitat focus test, and animal group focus test) and receive scholarship money. There are 10 regionals held in Kansas and a state competition. The focus tests are similar to a college lab test with questions pertaining to specimens laid out on a table. http://kansasecomeet.org
Pay Spanish-speaking students to come do interpretation in state parks. "Color of Nature" program. This initiative employs a team of students from the Lehigh Valley’s diverse, urban communities to be environmental leaders within and beyond their communities. This initiative was established for the sole purpose of making the conservation field more inclusive.
Create internships: NPS Academy https://www.thesca.org/npsa. Interns attend a week-long orientation over spring break and serve in 12-week summer internships tailored to various NPS career tracks.
Issue 4: How to create an inclusive new organization structure
Ofbyforall.org Leading change is hard. Doing it on your own without a roadmap is even harder. That’s why we built the OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network: an intentional framework for partnering with diverse communities in new ways.
Before Basecamp: Projects feel scattered, things slip, it’s tough to see where things stand, and people are stressed. After Basecamp: Everything’s organized in one place, you’re on top of things, progress is clear, and a sense of calm sets in. There is a cost involved. Basecamp.com
Diversifyoutdoors.com, promoting diversity in outdoor recreation and conservation
Issue 5: Exhibit Discussion:
Fitting into Space:
Quantity doesn’t always mean impactful
Smaller allows more focus on theme
Know your audience so you can create the proper displays
Good Titles will grab them and pull the audience in
Too many words will push them away, meaning less is more!
Mounts are great education tools but can also limit your displays.
Taxidermy made prior to the 1980s most likely contains arsenic and should be in a location where the public can touch or in a location close to air vents.
Explain to upper management it is a “liability” or risk to keep mounts if they cannot be placed out of reach.
Ways to ID taxidermy around room:
Chart on Wall to ID with info next to it.
Small booklet that has mount picture and description
Making a comeback possibly as Androids and IPhones both can read codes in newer versions of phones.
Apps are not always required.
Wildflowers of the month
Pictures of park
Projection units are much cheaper now.
Movement catches the eye. Some places change colors of backgrounds just to draw guests in.
Nest cam or animal cams could be an exhibit
9v battery – solar panel
Signs on trail cam “ please help us save the animals, do not move the camera”
Trail Cam are on WIFI, so you can see who took it.