Education and Outreach

A Jones Center staff member speaks to graduate students. Information generated through the Jones Center's scientific research program is shared with a targeted constituency that includes practicing natural resource professionals, visiting college classes, natural resource policy-makers, private land owners and managers, regional educators, and other conservation-oriented public- and private-sector interest groups.

Education, research, and conservation staff members fulfill the Jones Center's educational mission by interpreting the significance of the center's work in both field and classroom environments. The Ichauway land base provides an unparalleled opportunity for information transfer through demonstration sites of research and conservation activities. Field programs, workshops, and short courses are offered to university level students and natural resource professionals on topics such as prescribed fire, longleaf pine forest ecology and management, ecological restoration, wildlife management, threatened and endangered species, wetland protection and management, watershed conservation, and the water resources and aquatic ecosystems of southwestern Georgia.

Outreach efforts give Jones Center staff members opportunities to pass on information to groups outside of courses and workshops. Outreach and service projects include working with public and private sector landowners and land managers to further implement the best conservation information into management. Staff members also participate in science-based community service projects—such as the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center, the Adopt-a-Stream program, and the Southwest Georgia Water Task Force—and work with policy-makers and stakeholders to bring science to the process of shaping natural resource public policy.