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Paying it Forward: Engaging Scientists in Communicating Ocean Science to Volunteer Interpreters
Category: COSEE Conference Resources, Ocean Sciences 2012, For Scientists
Resource Type: Poster
Date Posted: 03/12/2013
 Naturalist and workshop participants
Volunteer interpreters play an integral role in communicating ocean science to the public in informal science education settings, such as state parks, aquariums and science centers, and scientists are a valuable source of knowledge and information for training these interpreters. Evaluation data collected by COSEE Pacific Partnerships for the Oregon Coastal Master Naturalist Program highlights the value of engaging scientists as workshop instructors for interpretation audiences, and the challenges faced in attempting to effectively communicate science to those who communicate science with the public. Data was collected between May 2010 and September 2011 during the pilot phase of the Oregon Coastal Master Naturalist Program, and includes observations, interviews and surveys with both workshop instructors and participants.

Presented by Laura Dover-Good and Shawn Rowe at the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

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