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Inspiring Teens through
Education & Research:
Building a Teen Career Program
Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh
Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center
Many kids dream of a career working with animals, unaware of the many jobs that involve wildlife and rehabilitation. Wildlife centers have great potential to help solve this by providing career exploration programs to inspire the next generation of wildlife rehabilitators and environmental stewards. This lecture illustrates the benefits of building a hands-on program that gives teens tools to support their community, your wildlife center, and more. Explore our program, Junior Rehabber Corps, and learn how to incorporate a program for teens that focuses on hands-on opportunities with animal husbandry, conservation, careers, and research that go into saving species.
Writing About Wildlife
People love wildlife stories – the brief connection between human and wild animal, the soul-stirring tales of rescue and rehabilitation. But rehabilitators are notoriously overworked. How can you manage your time constraints, decide the best venue for your writing, and make sure your stories find an audience? Discover how to improve your newsletter, pitch an article, start a blog, or begin a book; learn tips, tools, and strategies to help you start writing, increase your output, and/or widen your audience. Suzie Gilbert is the author of Flyaway (HarperCollins), Hawk Hill (Chronicle Books), and Unflappable (Perch Press).
Introduction to Social Media for
Jessica M Andersen
Blue Ridge Wildlife Center
Social media can be an amazing tool for so many things: education, fundraising, networking. But for those who aren't familiar with social media, or are doing most of their rehabilitation work on their own, it can seem like an overwhelming concept in addition to caring for your animals. Which social media platform is best for you and your organization? How can you best utilize these platforms to help further your goals? This presentation helps individuals better understand some of the most popular social media platforms, the pros and cons to each, as well as best practices regarding sharing wildlife via social media.