Conservation Volunteerism & Community Connectivity

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Central Arizona Conservation Alliance says
Presenting Ryan Bleam, PhD Candidate
Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution & Social Change

Join us for this Community of Practice Series event as Ryan digs deep into one facet of what makes community-based conservation endeavors tick– a sense of place. While we know that residents who have a strong relationship with their community and environment are more likely to engage in conservation volunteer activities, Ryan is exploring potential feedback loops– if, and if so, how, the experience of volunteerism itself manifests in one’s relationship with the community and the environment. This talk will share results from an ongoing two-year ethnographic research study of Scottsdale’s nonprofit McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Ryan is a PhD Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology in Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change. His research focuses on the intersection of sense of place and conservation volunteerism. He enjoys hiking and biking the region’s excellent parks and preserve systems.

*Complimentary refreshments*

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By: Central Arizona Conservation Alliance

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