Call for Presentations - 5th Annual National Conference of the ANROSP:Master Naturalist Programs and More

Call for Presentations - 5th Annual National Conference of the ANROSP:Master Naturalist Programs and More

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This dynamic conference is for professionals and partner organizations who coordinate, administer, or host training and volunteer programs in natural resource conservation, education, and outreach and for those interested in developing such a program. Enjoy a beautiful Appalachian setting as you learn from a diverse range of programs, network with colleagues, and obtain valuable tools to enhance your existing program or develop a new one.

ANROSP is a national alliance of adult natural resource education and stewardship programs, including Master Naturalists, Master Watershed Stewards, Coverts, Wildlife Stewards, Master Woodland Managers, and more. ANROSP facilitates networking and exchange of resources and information among coordinators of citizen-based environmental programs across the United States, helping create healthy ecosystems and communities through citizens who learn, teach, and practice natural resource stewardship.

Presentation Types
We are seeking proposals for the following presentation types:
• Oral Presentation (30 minutes) – Oral presentations may highlight case studies, program successes, or novel approaches to natural resource outreach and service programs.
• Workshop Presentation (1.5 hours) – Workshops should be interactive and aim to provide participants with new skills applicable to their programs.
• Nature Break Presentation (15 minutes) – Nature breaks are very short, hands-on and interactive presentations on natural resource topics that model good interpretive methods.
• Poster Presentation – All presenters are welcome to present in both oral and poster formats.  In addition to new information, posters may repeat information presented in oral or workshop formats.  Oral or workshop presenters whose proposals are not accepted will be encouraged to present posters in our “Program Marketplace” poster session.

Conference Themes
All presentations relevant to professionals who coordinate natural resource service programs will be considered.  Special consideration will be given to proposals that address one or more of the following themes:
• Technology to enhance volunteer management and volunteer programming
• Building effective partnerships
• Junior Naturalists: Training and supporting adult volunteers to develop and lead youth programs
• Advice for new or expanding programs (case studies and other program research)
• Program evaluation and assessment
• Curriculum development

Submission Requirements
The 2009 Conference Committee welcomes your contributions. Individuals wishing to present are invited to e-mail a proposal abstract no later than Monday, May 4, 2009.  Abstracts must include name, title, affiliation, program, presenting author (if multiple authors), presenter contact information (mailing address, phone, cell phone, email), and presentation format (oral, workshop, “nature break”, or poster.)  Abstracts should be 150 words maximum and submitted by e-mail to Michelle Prysby, mprysby@vt.edu.

Additional Information
The conference presentations will be held September 29th and 30th and October 1st, with September 28th and October 2nd set aside as travel days.  Additional information regarding conference facilities, agenda, registration, travel, and local attractions will be available in April on the ANROSP website at http://www.anrosp.org/.     Presenters are responsible for their conference registration, accommodations at NCTC, and travel.  Some limited scholarship funding may be available through an application process.  Current members of ANROSP receive a reduced registration rate for the conference.  For more information on becoming a member of ANROSP apply today at: http://www.anrosp.org/.    

Please direct all other inquiries to:
Michelle Prysby, ANROSP 2009 Conference Chair
Virginia Master Naturalist Program
460 Stagecoach Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-872-4580
mprysby@vt.edu

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