American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Engaging Diverse Audiences in Conservation and Research through Citizen Science
Event Type: 
Session
Track: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
Empire Ballroom
Presenter: 
J. Schwarz Ballard, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois; A. Padolf, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida; K. Oberhauser, University Of Wisconsin Arboretum, Madison, Wisconsin; J. Schuler, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York
Pre-Registration Required: 
No

Citizen science offers the opportunity to actively involve a variety of audiences both on site and in communities with our collections, our research, and our conservation activities, increasing scientific and environmental literacy as well as awareness of our work. This session will outline the key components of a successful citizen science project: program, purpose, partnerships, participants, and product (outputs). Presenters will discuss five case studies and illustrate the key aspects of citizen science programs and how these components are implemented differently with different audiences, research and conservation goals, and programmatic contexts. Participants will be better prepared to use citizen science to meet their engagement and research goals.