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Southeastern Naturalist

Conservation, Restoration and Education: In situ natural history education

We are editing a special issue of Southeastern Naturalist devoted to natural history education conducted within natural areas, particularly those that are associated with a school, university, museum, or other educational center. Below are the objectives and scope of the issue.

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The objectives of this proposed special issue of Southeastern Naturalist would be to:

a) bring together a broad collection of examples of teaching natural history in situ that would inform and inspire those working in areas whose main or tangential focus is education, and

b) illustrate the diversity of ways in which restoration/conservation can be productively married with the education of a growing population

In Southeastern Naturalist, this collection of papers would be read by those who practice conservation, study natural history, and teach.


Articles that would be appropriate for the proposed issue would include, but are not limited to, those that describe:

a) student/citizen involvement in the process of assessing, restoring or conserving ecosystem or community health

b) “citizen science” efforts related to natural history conservation or restoration

c) educational activities focused on a single species, ecological communities, or ecosystems

d) Successful partnerships between research and informal natural history education

e) Engaging diverse and underrepresented groups in natural history education

Ideally, the collection of papers in the issue would span a diversity of host institutions (e.g., universities, K-12 schools, field stations, museums) and a diversity of target audiences

More Information

Questions and abstract submissions should be directed to We will review submitted abstracts between May 15 and 31, notifying potential authors of acceptance by June 5, 2015.

Cindy Bennington, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Stetson University
Karen Cole, Ph.D.
Director, Gillespie Museum
Stetson University