The GTM Research Reserve, in conjunction with the University of North Florida, will host its annual State of the Reserve symposium. This year’s them is “Ecosystem Services”; defined as the results of ecosystem processes that confer benefits on human society.
Due to the events’ increasing popularity, the State of the Reserve is expanding with the introduction of five citizen science-based workshops that will begin at 8:30 a.m. Each workshop is geared to anyone of any age with an interest in nature and ecology:
Planet Plankton (work with GTM researchers and use a microscope) Conservation at Home (learn how to build a hydroponic garden)
A Microplastic World (learn how to monitor microplastics)
Ecosystem Services 101 (a fun role-playing, game-oriented workshop focusing on ecosystem service valuation)
Inviting Nature to Your Yard (build a bee house)
In the afternoon, the traditional science symposium with oral presentations on the technical research conducted at the reserve will take place. That will be followed by a poster session and a reception hosted by the Friends of the GTM Reserve.
Workshops: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Symposium: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Reception/Poster Session: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Lia Sansom at 904-823-4500 or to register online, click on the event website.