Annual Meeting 2018 - Workshops

Workshop Descriptions

Workshop #1

Name: Field Stations on Public Lands        Cost: $50                    

Time: Full-Day (8:00am-4:00pm)


Public lands managers and field station personnel are invited to this full- day workshop with the goals of exploring and sharing:

  • Models of partnerships between field stations and public land agencies
  • Ideas for enhancing partnerships
  • Approaches to maximize the value of research, education, and outreach for field stations and public land agencies


This interactive workshop will examine the history and scope of field stations on public lands, work toward a common framework for partnerships, summarize overlap and synergies between agencies, and explore roots and solutions to common challenges

Minimum Participants to Run:   25                   Maximum Participants:   40


Workshop #2

Name: Strategies for Success: A Mini Course for Field Station Leaders         

Cost: $200*    

Time: Full-Day (8:00am-4:00pm)                                                                   


This one-day workshop will provide participants with the key financial planning, analytical, and communication skills they need to enhance their field station’s success. Expert faculty will use lectures, group work, discussions, and case studies to provide tools and tips that participants can use to assess their projects and enhance their programmatic and financial sustainability; introduce essential strategies for identifying and analyzing stakeholders; and provide guidance and best practices to help participants succeed as they innovate and add value to their project or program. Key topics will focus on creating an effective business plan, including using the Business Model Canvas to create an effective plan and continue assessing the plan in the future; evaluating vision and mission; using the Kellogg Logic Model as a planning and prioritization tool; and identifying and analyzing stakeholders and their influence on projects and programs. Participants will also have the opportunities to get feedback from each other and exchange lessons learned in their own strategic and business planning efforts.

Minimum Participants to Run:   12                  Maximum Participants:   24

*OBFS member stations qualify for a $100 scholarship; thus the workshop fee is only $100 for participants from member stations


Workshop #3

Name: The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI)        Cost: $0       

Time: Half-Day (8:00am-12:00pm)         


The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) was funded by NSF to accelerate curation, archiving, and publishing of environmental data. In this workshop EDI will first give an overview of EDI’s mission and core activities (data repository, data curation and publishing, data model standardization, metadata pipeline, outreach and data management training). Secondly, EDI will present the workflow for data archiving and publishing, with an emphasis on content and scope of necessary metadata. Also explained are the process of converting the information into the Ecological Metadata Language, preparation of data for archiving, archiving and publishing the data. An example of a data policy that utilizes EDI's services, from the University of Michigan Biological Station is presented by its Data Manager Jason Tallant. Reports on six 2018 internships funded by EDI for OBFS will be included.


Minimum Participants to Run:   5                    Maximum Participants:   none

*This fee is waived for the STEM grant collaborators           


Workshop #4

Name: STEM Outreach Programs     Cost: $45*

Time: Half-Day (1:00pm-4:00pm)              


This hands-on, four-hour workshop will help field station personnel design a new outreach program or refine an existing one. With a team of scientists, STEM educators, and informal learning experts who specialize in field stations, participants will gauge how well a proposed or existing outreach program aligns with their station’s outreach goals and will design or revise that program accordingly. Doing this work in the company of other field station personnel creates an opportunity to share best practices and, in effect, helps field stations build a knowledge-sharing network that can continue beyond the workshop. By the end of this workshop, participants will have:

  • Assessed their program for alignment with station, community, and participant learning goals
  • Given and received feedback on outreach programs in collaboration with other field station and education experts.
  • Begun the process of redesigning or developing an outreach program.


Minimum Participants to Run:   5                    Maximum Participants:   none

*This fee is waived for the AISL grant collaborators.