Mid-Atlantic Region


The Mid-Atlantic Region brings nature center leaders together from New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware. 

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ACE Citizen Science Symposium and ANCA mid-Atlantic regional meeting

Citizen Science - Gathering Data, Increasing Engagement
Sponsored by Association of Conservation Executives and Association of Nature Center Administrators, with support from Marshall & Sterling Insurance
Friday, September 14, 2018
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association in Pennington NJ, 8:30AM - 3:30PM

Fee: $25 includes lunch

Keynote speaker: Mary Ellen Hannibal, award winning author of Citizen Science: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction.    

Citizen science empowers members of the public to collect valuable information about the natural world in collaboration with scientists; however this isn’t just about the data. Citizen science provides enriching and educational experiences for its participants. It can deepen community engagement with your organization and your mission, inspiring participants to learn and take action around environmental issues.

Exhibiting a wealth of diversity in content and style, citizen science programs range from “pre-packaged” programs like Monarch Watch, Project Budburst, eBird, and FrogWatch to targeted programs developed and customized to address a specific local research questions and/or issues. While designed to harvest data, they should also be utilized to meet organizational goals, educate the public and build community.

Explore how members of the environmental community have used and developed citizen science programs to better understand our environment and engage the public. The Symposium will highlight a wide range of programs and issues focused on water quality, butterfly migration, bird populations and much more. We will examine use of technology, data integrity, engaging school children, and more through presentations, panel sessions, and open discussions.                                            

To register and for details, please visit http://thewatershed.doubleknot.com/event/citizen-science-symposium/2402437 

Marshall & Sterling Insurance Agency’s Nature Center Insurance Program is a sponsor. Irene Jones and Marshall & Sterling provide property and liability insurance and are experienced in insuring the unique aspects of nature organizations, including those with advocacy. Find them at www.naturecenterinsure.com

Past Meetings:

The 2017 meeting at The Churchville Nature Center in Churchville, PA.

The 2016 at DuPont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington, DE.