Field trips to local restoration sites are one of the highlights of our world conferences. They are a fantastic way to see restoration projects first-hand and to be re-inspired about restoration practice.
One of the unexpected benefits of the shift to a virtual conference is that we can offer field trips from all over the world. Everyone registered for SER2021 can attend as many field trips as you choose (or watch them later on-demand), to experience and learn from a vast range of restoration contexts, techniques, and outcomes.
From urban landscapes to coral reefs, from the arctic tundra to the Brazilian rainforests, our interactive, virtual field trips will feature restoration practice on-the-ground and in-the-water. Come explore and learn about the diverse ways in which our ecosystems are being restored on every continent.
What are virtual field trips and how will they work?
"Field Trip Fridays" will run from May 7 through June 18. Hosts will mix pre-recorded footage of their site with live discussions of the project, its effectiveness, innovations, challenges, and ambitions. Field trips are intended to be highly interactive and to mimic, as much as possible, the type of field-based excursions that we host at our in-person conferences.
Each Friday over the course of five weeks we will offer several field trips, in two different time slots to accommodate multiple time zones. The hosts and field experts will facilitate live discussions to answer your questions interspersed with video footage from the field. Our goal is to make these virtual field trips as close to the real thing as we can - highly interactive and focused on applied restoration in the field.
How do I sign up for field trips I’m interested in?
We’ll share a schedule for Field Trip Fridays on the SER2021 website by mid-April. Registered conference delegates will be able to access the conference virtual events portal by the end of April to build their schedule and identify the trips they are interested in participating in live.
We will be running field trips in two different time slots to ensure that no matter where you're located, you'll be able to join some of these inspiring presentations.
And if you miss one, all field trips will be recorded and available on-demand for all conference registrants!
What types of field trips will you be running?
Projects span 6 continents and have been selected for their diversity of ecosystems and restoration techniques. We’re excited to share the list of trips and will provide more information in the next few weeks:
- A Decade of Restoration at The Buffelsdraai Community Reforestation Project - South Africa
- Active Riparian Rehabilitation in the Upper Berg and Breede River Systems in the Western Cape, South Africa - South Africa
- Katanino Forest Restoration Project in Zambia: Implementation and Research Perspectives Towards Achieving Successful Restoration Outcomes in a Tropical Dry Forest - Zambia
- Raising a Natural Forest from Degraded Land is Collaborative Work in Progress in Uganda - Uganda
Asia and Australasia:
- Coastal Ecosystems: Mangrove and Coral Reef Restoration, and Monitoring of Coral Reefs - Malaysia
- Corridor REstoration for Animals Threatened and Endangered (CREATE) - Habitat Restoration Project with Local Community at Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary - Malaysia
- Little Forest by Sakaekrung River - Thailand
- Marine and Terrestrial Restoration in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands - Northern Mariana Islands
- Novel Tools to Help Improve Environmental Monitoring of Indonesian Tropical Peatland Rewetting and Restoration Efforts - Indonesia
- The Story of 100 Forests in 100 Schools: Green Schools Mission, Aurangabad - India
- Applying a Systems View to Ecosystem Restoration - Costa Rica
- La Niebla Forest: A Love Story Between Forest, Water, and Biodiversity - Peru
- Piloting a Herbicide Free Approach to Restoring Forests Along Brazil’s Tietê River - Brazil
- Restoration Experiences in Paramo and its Wetlands Degraded by Overgrazing In The Antisana Water Conservation Area, Metropolitan District Of Quito - Fonag (Fondo para la Protección del Agua para Quito) - Ecuador
- Restoration in a Snail Shell: How Seeds of Xingu Network is Working from Inside To Outside - Brazil
- To Maintain or Not Maintain Planted Seedlings: That is a Good Question (Especially in the Tropics!) - Costa Rica
- Advancing Scientific Knowledge of Woodland Restoration in the UK Through Monitoring And Intervention Projects In The Cairngorms Connect Project Area - Scotland
- Life Vidalia: Knowing More About Conserving and Restoring the Habitat of Endemic Threatened Species in the Azores Islands - Portugal
- Restoring Wetland and Tundra Permafrost Ecosystems in the Russian Arctic - Russia
- Small Scale Multi-Stakeholder Ecological Restoration For Biodiversity, Training and Engagement - United Kingdom
- From Bare Ground to Wildlife Haven the Restoration Tales of a Global Cement Company - Multiple locations (Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, N. America)
- Beirut's RiverLESS Forest: Urban Afforestation as a Tool for Ecological and Social Regeneration - Lebanon
- Bioengineering Demonstration and Education Project - Canada
- Habitat in the Urban Landscape: Research & Restoration in San Francisco’s Green Hairstreak Corridor - United States
- Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area: Bringing Nature Back to Western Lake Ontario Using An Innovative Funding Approach And Partnership - Canada
- Maryland Stream Restoration Virtual Field Trip, Diffusive Flow Paths and Floodplain Reconnection: Site Visits to Restored Streams from the Ridge and Valley to the Western Coastal Plain - United States
- Parks Canada for Atlantic Salmon Recovery - Canada
- Post-Fire Conifer Restoration in the California Sierra Nevada Mountains - United States
- Restoration of Species Diversity and Hydrologic Function in Wetlands Within the Coastal Dune Lake Watershed of the Florida Panhandle - United States
- Restoring the Role of Fire in the Forest Ecosystem: A Visit to a Prescribed Fire Site in La Mauricie National Park - Canada
- Tropical Coral Reef Restoration with Coral Restoration Foundation in the Florida Keys: A Virtual Dive - United States
- Virtual Field Trip to Several Important Dune and Mangrove Ecological Restoration Sites on the North Coast of Puerto Rico - United States