Conservation Conversation

Registration is open! Take your students on an electronic field trip to meet scientists working in a Florida forest.

Conservation, critters, and climate!

Through a live, interactive video web-stream, your students can visit the 2,600 acre Austin Cary Forest and connect with scientists studying fire ecology, plants, and animals – including Diamondback Rattlesnakes.


Who can participate: Schools, home schools, after school programs, and interested individuals. Content is targeted to grades 7-10, but the program is for FREE and open to any educational entity that might benefit from the live webcast learning format.

When: November 7, 2019 at 2pm and 4pm. Each program is live streamed for 45-minutes and includes content and time for student-scientist questions and answers.

The content: Information presented within the program supports Florida’s Sunshine State Standards for science and the Next Generation Science Standards. Specifically, ecosystems, climate change, conservation, habitats, climate change, the nature of science, and scientific inquiry will be discussed.

The scientists: Participating scientists featured in the EFT work with the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Austin Cary Memorial Forest, and Dr. Raelene Crandall‘s fire ecology lab. They include:

  • Forester Scott Sager – coordinates facilities and operations for the Austin Cary Forest as well as undergraduate programs
  • Doctoral Candidate Gage Lapierre – research focuses on active restoration of biological communities, including Dog Fennel plants.
  • Postdoctoral researcher Jennifer Fill, Ph.D. – studies fire and plant interactions in pine savannas, as well as Diamondback Rattlesnakes.

How: Register now to participate! We will send you regular emails, a Teacher’s Guide, a link to connect via our Streaming Science Ustream.tv channel, and tips for how to implement the program for interactive participation.

The crew: University of Florida graduate students enrolled in the Fall 2019 project-based learning course “AEC 5541: Instructional and Communication Technologies in Agriculture and Natural Resources” work with Dr. Jamie Loizzo and subject matter experts to develop the electronic field trip.


The Conservation Conversation electronic field trip is presented in partnership with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication.


Get social!

Follow us on Twitter, @Streaming_Sci and @UFAECFacebook, and join the conversation using #ForestEFT.

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