Conservation in Parks: A Community-Based Approach

Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

Track: Conservation


The effects of urbanization have been demonstrated to be the leading cause of the loss of biodiversity on a global scale. Solutions to preventing the extinction of locally rare species and degradation of imperative ecosystems can be addressed effectively by local park and recreation agencies through strategic natural areas preservation, active stewardship and community engagement throughout the process. Acquiring the necessary data for the long-term conservation of local biodiversity clearly can be a daunting task when staff, time and monetary resources are limited. This session will outline the framework for developing impactful conservation-related goals, defining the data needs to develop those goals, and discuss the immense benefits of utilizing citizen-science to engage and build community around addressing environmental issues in local parks and green spaces.


Learning Outcomes:

Explain how to utilize community-based monitoring and stewardship initiatives to develop attainable conservation-related goals as a park and recreation organization.



Julia Robson

Conservation Biologist, Waukesha County (Wisconsin) Parks and Land Use

Julia Robson has more than 10 of experience working in the natural resource management field. She worked for the Urban Ecology Center and Milwaukee County Parks before coming to Waukesha County in 2018. In 2016, the community-based wetland monitoring program Robson developed was awarded the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Citizen-based Monitoring Program of the Year award.

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