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Science for Parks, Parks for Science: the Next Century

March 25, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - March 27, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

$135 – $400

A Centennial Conference Celebrating the Birth of the National Park Service at UC Berkeley (March 25-27, 2015)

In 1915 Stephen Mather (UC Berkeley Class of 1887) and Horace Albright (Class of 1912) gathered a group of scientists, businessmen, publishers, and conservationists at the young UC Berkeley campus to envision a future for the country’s existing and desired national parks. The result was legislation establishing the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) in 1916. Mather became its first director, and Albright the second. UC Berkeley and other universities have been intimately involved with conservation, parks and protected areas ever since.

Partnering with the National Geographic Society, National Park Service and others, UC Berkeley will commemorate the spirit and goals of that meeting by holding a two and a half day summit in March, 2015 entitled “Science for Parks, Parks for Science: the Next Century”. The summit will address contemporary and future issues in the development and application of science writ-large for the protection and management of national parks and protected areas. The goal is to envision and contribute to strategies for science for parks and science using parks for the coming decades by building on the historic linkage that has continued to grow between NPS and scientists at leading universities and other organizations around the world. This collaboration will be crucial to nurture the future health of parks and protected areas worldwide, which of course will be critical for biodiversity conservation.

The summit will not only celebrate 100 years of science for parks, but will re-dedicate that partnership in a forward-looking way that will help shape research for the next century. We will examine: (a) the mission of the National Park Service and its relevancy today, (b) the scientific and management implications of this mission in a changing world, (c) the social and cultural dimensions for advancing the mission and (d) the future of science for parks and parks for science.

Visionary presentations in the form of plenary talks by leading natural, physical, and social scientists will be complemented by strategic discussions on vexing contemporary problems by panels representing differing viewpoints. Contributed paper and poster sessions will allow broad participation of scientists and students from around the world. Plenary lectures and panel discussions will be made available on video and in a publication after the summit.

Participate in this historic event! Plan to attend. Register by January 25, 2015 to receive the early-bird discount.

Early registration
Sept. 1, 2014 – Jan. 25, 2015
Professional: $300
Student: $175

Late registration
Jan. 26 – Feb. 25, 2015
Professional: $375
Student: $250

Full registration at the meeting
March 25-27, 2015
Professional: $400
Student: $275

One day registration
March 26
Professional: $200
Student: $135


March 25, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
March 27, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
$135 – $400
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Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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