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Wednesday, February 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Backyards and Beyond

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A 2017 study, titled “The Nature of Americans,” identified back yards as a key place for people to connect with nature. For this reason, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission embarked on a campaign to connect people to our natural lands in Florida by first connecting them to their back yards. For over a year, staff in FWC’s Public Access Services Office gave workshops on the benefits of creating backyard habitat, set-up iNaturalist projects to facilitate people making species observations in their yards and partnered with many local organizations to spread the message throughout the Tallahassee region. This ambitious campaign met with many successes and some challenges as it sought to transition people from connecting with nature in their back yards to encouraging them to explore nature “beyond” just their yards. Judy Gillan, a section leader within the Public Access Services Office, will describe the program and offer tips for those seeking to do something similar in their regions.

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Judy Gillan

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Judy is an experienced conservation educator who has developed and implemented programs across several media platforms, topics and age groups. She graduated from the University of South Florida with bachelor’s degrees in biology and science education.  Judy’s first job was in... Read More →

Wednesday February 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
Aurora Room

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