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Urban Ecology Podcast

Feb 1, 2021

In this episode, we explore how the Urban Ecology Center has changed and adapted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecting people in cities to nature and each other has remained our top priority at the UEC, but how do we do that work when we cannot gather together in person? To tell this story, we check in with three departments at the UEC to see how they've adapted their work:

  • the land stewardship team who maintain our parks
  • the marketing team who curate the UEC in My Backyard virtual lessons portal
  • and the community programs team who continue to create meaningful programs for kids and families in our community

This episode is hosted by Danny Pirtle with contributions from Gillian Spence and Ken Leinbach. Special thanks to our guests Caitlin Reinartz, Anna Aragon, Hayley Bartlein, Payton Biwer, and Kiara Atre.

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