The purpose of the one-day conference is to encourage greater ethnic diversity in outdoor recreation activities. According to Aullwood Executive Director Charity Krueger, this is the first time a conference of this nature has been offered in southern Ohio.
For a registration fee of $25 per person, conference attendees can enjoy a catered lunch, a serene nature walk through Aullwood's forest and tallgrass prairie, and morning and after noon presentations by several experts. The experts presenting at the conference are as diverse as the wildlife that occupies Aullwood's surrounding countryside, as is evidenced by a perusal of their respective résumés.
John C. Robinson will be presenting a lecture entitled Birding for Everyone: Changing the Face of Environmental Conservation Through Birding. Doreen Whitley will be presenting a lecture entitled Involving Urban Youth and Urban Neighbors in Bird Conservation and Habitat Restoration.
Dudley Edmondson will be offering a program entitled The Diary of a Nature Photographer. The forthcoming conference is just one of many events Aullwood has designed to encourage more outdoor recreation in a world that is becoming increasingly immersed in multimedia. MP3 players, DVDs, iPods, and other electronic mediums certainly tend to command more attention than flora and fauna.
In support of this contention, Krueger cites Last Child in the Woods, a book by Richard Louv.