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Education and outreach

Brian Gratwicke, Matthew Neff, Lindsay Renick Mayer, Sharon Ryan and Jennifer Sevin

in Reptile Ecology and Conservation

Published in print May 2016 | ISBN: 9780198726135
Published online June 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191825934 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198726135.003.0030
Education and outreach

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This chapter explores various environmental educational tools as well as some of the taxon-specific conservation education challenges posed by reptiles. One method is via campaigns and constituency building, which entails media, digital media, and community outreach in communicating ideas about wildlife, biodiversity, and conservation. Nature centres, museums, and exhibits also offer a unique opportunity to use first-hand experiences to change people’s attitude about and behaviour toward reptiles. Citizen science is another viable method for environmental education, as it acts as a free, almost infinitely scalable labour force that can effectively collect data over a wide area. Moreover, engaging teachers and schools can also realize environmental objectives, as is the leadership development needed to spearhead conservation campaigns, which scientific skill alone cannot accomplish.

Keywords: education; outreach; objectives; constituency building; citizen science; museums; teachers; schools; leadership development

Chapter.  5809 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology ; Zoology and Animal Sciences

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