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Saturday, April 9 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Conservation in YOUR Community with the AIP

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Mackenzie Bergstrom (10:30 am)
The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is a master's degree program delivered by San Diego Zoo Global in partnership with Miami University that focuses on conservation. Students develop and implement projects that relate to personalized goals that incorporate scientific inquiry, promote community participation and voice, increase understanding of local and regional conservation issues, and inspire environmental stewardship. In this session, two AIP students will share research and insights from projects they developed, and note their application to education and school curricula.

Angela Kemsley (10:35 am)
Bringing the Outdoors Into the Classroom: Creating Better Citizens through Citizen Science
Current research suggests that getting children outside and connected with nature is vital to the development of emotional intelligence. Despite this research, our children tend to spend mere minutes per day outdoors. Educators are working diligently to transition curricula to align with Common Core and NGSS and it is often difficult to find time for outdoor activities during school hours. This presentation will highlight research done for the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) Master’s Degree at San Diego Zoo Global regarding the incorporation of citizen science into K-12 curricula. Educators will learn practical ways in which citizen science may be used in and out of the classroom to immerse students in nature while satisfying educational standards.

Katie Buess (10:55 am)
Community Outreach for the Purpose of Increasing Conservation
Water conservation is a shared communal responsibility. In this period of extreme drought, community engagement is one way to increase active participation in the issue. We will discuss some of the local government programs in place as a way to help activate the community. When this information is shared in the classroom, students learn to play an active role in conservation at an early age.

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Mackenzie Bergstrom

Conservation Programs Specialist - Graduate Programs Advisor, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
I am the graduate advisor to approximately 100 students enrolled in the Advanced Inquiry Program at the San Diego Zoo. This course-based program has been in place since 2013 and offers a Master of Arts in Biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Biological Sciences. Please check... Read More →
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Katie Buess

AIP Master's student, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
I am a graduate student in the Project Dragonfly Advanced Inquiry Program, which is a joint endeavor between Miami University and the Zoological Society of San Diego. The focus of my graduate degree is the conservation of resources, specifically the conservation of water. Engaging... Read More →
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Angela Kemsley

Master's Student, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
Having grown up at the San Diego Zoo, my passion has always been with saving species. Now as an adult I proudly guide children and adults in conservation techniques through my jobs as an Outdoor Education Program Specialist with the San Diego County Office of Education and a Tour... Read More →

Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Room 31-358 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020