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Annual Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium

  • 31 Mar 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Hueston Woods State Park Lodge as part of the Annual EECO Conference


  • Includes Lunch
  • Student presenters for papers and posters are eligible for free registration as well as their teacher and or advisor. Includes Lunch
  • Includes lunch

Registration is closed

Masks will be required at this event and personal space name tags will be implemented. 

Student Poster Session Abstracts can be found here.

Are you a teacher who would like to conduct research related to wildlife and/or wildlife habitats or conservation projects with high school students?

Are you a high school student who would like to be involved in wildlife-related research or conservation efforts?

Or maybe you're a conservation or wildlife professional or wildlife enthusiast who is willing to learn more about or willing to help students conduct research? Join us for this unique event!

College Credit (if combined with EECO Annual Conference) and Contact Hour Certificates are available for Educators who need them for their CEUs. 

The Annual Student Wildlife Research Symposium will take place on Thursday March 31, 2022 at the Hueston Woods State Park Lodge. This symposium kicks off the annual EECO Conference.  The Symposium will highlight how to do research with students and how to partner with universities and environmental professionals to provide wildlife-related research opportunities for students.  There is a morning keynote: Gabe Karns, associate research professor from OSU in the morning. 

Bio: Gabriel Karns shares a co-appointment as a member of the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab (TWEL) in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University and senior lecturer and Ecolab manager at The Ohio State University-Mansfield.  He earned wildlife science degrees from North Carolina State (BS and MS) and Auburn University (PhD) before becoming a part of the TWEL Lab almost a decade ago.  He teaches a number of senior-level classes including Wildlife Ecology Methods, Wildlife Habitat Management, and the Capstone course for Wildlife and Forestry majors, as well as First-year curriculum in environmental communication and natural resources data analysis.  His research focus has been aimed across several primary focal areas: identifying wildlife habitat conservation challenges and win-win’s via vegetation management on utility corridors and rights-of-ways, human dimensions of consumptive outdoor recreation, and maple production for non-timber forest products in Ohio, to name a few.

We will also highlight two Ohio school districts that are currently conducting research with their students on such topics as acid mine drainage impacts on habitat, wetland construction, and their partnerships with state and federal agencies and local universities.  We will also showcase some free resources available to educators on how to conduct research with your students, including citizen science programs.

In the afternoon there will be a workshop to build research and citizen science skills. 

Registration is $35 (Includes lunch)    Presenter's and Advisor's Registration is covered by a grant.  Must use a CODE for registration. 

The symposium is sponsored by the ODNR-Division of Wildlife, EECO-the Environmental Education Council of Ohio, The Ohio Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Ohio Wildlife Management Association. 

Registration is now open.  

An updated agenda can be viewed here.  

Student Wildlife Research Symposium Sponsors include:

Thank you to REI for donating water bottles for each presenter and teacher!

      Parent Please note Selecting to register for this event means registering for lunch or dinner & discussion in the presentation room.
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