Programs that provide information and guidance for people who want to protect the soil, water, air, plant and animal resources in their own backyards or in outdoor settings at school or work. Included may be tips for improving soil using composting, mulching and other techniques; managing nutrients and pests; implementing water conservation practices; restoring native vegetation; selecting a site for and planting trees for shade and wildlife habitat; establishing backyard ponds or wetlands systems; developing basking sites; and providing feeders, bird baths, nesting boxes, roosting boxes and other accoutrements that attract birds, butterflies, frogs, insect-eating bats and other small mammals to a backyard setting.
Programs that are responsible for the conservation, protection, care and management of fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.
Programs that provide a mechanism for the public to report sightings of potentially dangerous animals such as bears and mountain lions, either in urban areas or close to commonly-used public trails; and/or which issue bulletins to notify the public that such sightings or actual attacks have occurred and advise the public to take suitable precautions.
Programs that offer open-air learning experiences, particularly for schoolchildren, that promote appreciation for and understanding of local ecosystems and our fundamental connections to the world around us. Activities may include identification of plants, insects and animals and exploration of their habitats, learning about weather and its relationship to environmental processes, geological history and demonstrations of the importance of biodiversity and sustainability. Students may investigate the life cycles of animals in a pond; observe the growth and reproduction of common plant species; examine the form and function of leaves, stems, roots and flowers and how these features help to classify plants; consider the interrelationship between predator and prey; learn how different animals grow and change with the seasons; learn and practice compass navigation and other outdoor skills; and/or make other discoveries which foster engaged and responsible environmental citizenship. Outdoor education programs may be provided through schools, conservation authorities or other organizations.
Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in a particular type of pet, 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 opportunities for sharing information about the species, its care and breeding; educational presentations; visits to places where this type of pet may live, be bred or displayed; efforts to rescue purebred or endangered creatures who are at risk; and opportunities to share their own experiences with others who have similar interests. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.
Organizations that work for the introduction of new legislation or changes in current laws or practices that will more effectively protect the physical environment from pollution, exploitation or waste and/or preserve our natural resources, including our wildlife, for enjoyment by future generations.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.