Thank you to everyone who submitted a presentation proposal for the Wildlife Viewing & Nature Tourism Academy. The deadline to submit proposals has passed.
As part of our continuing efforts to promote the exchange of information and resources among those interested in wildlife viewing and nature tourism, the WVNT working group is sponsoring the second Academy aimed at providing practical “take away” value for participants. Our Academy will include outstanding keynote presentations, dozens of useful breakout sessions on a variety of topics of interest to our community and informational networking events.
In crafting your presentation proposal, we encourage you to consider the Academy theme and Tracks below as well as the needs and interests of our community, including wildlife and tourism professionals, education professionals and fish and wildlife scientists.
Academy Tracks Include:
Human Dimensions - Defining Diverse Audiences: age, ethnicity, those with disabilities, gauging public interest and expectations, regional variations in attitudes and interests, etc.
Outreach/Communications: wildlife cams, expanding and engaging audiences, marketing, communication techniques, avenues of outreach (i.e. social media), general uses of technologies, how-to discussions or forums on birding trails or festivals, etc.
Best Practices and Ethics: research, coordination, networks of partnerships and support, environmental education, wildlife viewer roles, WVNT impacts/challenges in conservation, quality of life, etc.
Finances/Cost Effectiveness: funding opportunities and campaigns, budgeting practices, programmatic and on-the-ground project costs, etc.
Operations: trails, facilities, blinds, ADA-accessible activities/inclusive opportunities, etc.
Important Information: Proposed presentations will be evaluated on how helpful and practical the presentation will be to our community.
The deadline for submission of proposals is May 19, 2017.
Full academy registration is required for all selected presenters.
Presentations that include a commercial product or service will need to clearly demonstrate the practical value to other state’s wildlife viewing and nature tourism programs.
Additional information: For additional information, contact: Anne Glick, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 850-922-0664, Cell: 850-841-0513