Programs that protect our natural resources from abuse, neglect, waste or exploitation and preserve their availability for future generations.
Programs that offer guided or self-guided walks or drives through parks, beach areas, wildlife preserves and other natural settings to acquaint participants with particular aspects of their environment and to increase their understanding of and appreciation for ecological balance.
Tracts of land that are acquired and maintained by governmental entities and made available to the public as places of beauty or for recreation.
Programs that house a collection of living creatures for the purposes of conservation, research, education and public viewing.
Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in ornamental plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, house plants, herbs, garden fruits and vegetables or other species of plants, often through the medium of a club or society that is under the leadership to people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Activities may include field trips which enable participants to view different types of plants; lectures, slide shows or other presentations that provide information about plants, gardening techniques, flower arranging and display, and other aspects of horticulture; and opportunities for members to share their own gardening experiences and/or participate in plant-related competitions. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.
Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in birds, animals, fish, reptiles, insects or other species, often through the medium of a club or society that is under the leadership of people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Activities may include lectures, slide show or other presentations that provide information about different species, their habitats and their habits; expeditions that enable participants to observe and enjoy wildlife in the out-of-doors; and opportunities for members to share their own experiences with wildlife. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.
Voluntary, informal education programs that emphasize the total development of young people who are members through work on the animal, engineering, family/consumer, health, resource, plant or social science project of their choice in consultation with their parents and supervising adult volunteers. Members also participate in camping activities, leadership conferences, awards programs and community service activities.
Programs that conduct research which focuses on farm crops and animals, and develops ways of improving their quantity and quality. Scientists working in this area look for ways to improve crop yield with less labour, control pests and weeds more safely and effectively and conserve soil and water. They may also study methods of converting raw agricultural commodities into attractive and healthy food products for consumers.
Programs that conduct research which focuses on the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living organisms and their relationship to their natural environment.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.