How do we reconcile our relationship with ecology? My Keystone is situated within ecology, conservation and education. Biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse rank amongst the gravest risks facing our planet. Ecological education is integral for fostering community-based conservation. Field guides are unique educational tools as they connect the reader to what they are seeing in front of them. They have potential to facilitate deeper connections with local ecology and encourage intrinsic motivation to participate in conservation efforts. I present here, a justification for education as a tool for conservation, and a plant field guide I created for my own community.
Conservation and Education: A Place Based Field Guide
Mentor: Dr. Kimberly Dawe