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Tuesday, February 7 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Technical Session. Developing Future Conservation Leaders: The GLADE Model

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AUTHORS: Janice Schnake Greene, Missouri State University

ABSTRACT: The Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE) is a week-long academy for high school students in southwest Missouri. GLADE is an immersion in the outdoors sponsored by the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, Missouri State University and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Students participate in leadership activities to learn about different types of leadership. They participate in bird banding, water quality studies, and learn about pollinators and biodiversity through interactions with agency personnel and volunteers. They work with MDC employees to restore giant river cane habitat along a creek in the Bull Shoals Lake watershed. A unique aspect is that students have an opportunity to apply for grant funds for follow-up conservation projects in their home communities. An overview of the program will be presented along with a review of community projects and a seven-year evaluation on knowledge and attitudes. Follow-up interviews with students show that many have entered college for a conservation-related career or are involved in other conservation activities and consider GLADE a “transformative” experience.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 1:40pm - 2:00pm CST
Grand Ballroom E