Social Media in the Rainforest

Dates: February 11-18, 2018
Location: Cocobolo Nature Reserve, Panama
Price: $2150
Maximum Number of Participants: 14
Workshop Leaders: Sean Graesser

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Social Media in the Rainforest

Creating a good narrative for your research and conservation mission can be a daunting task, especially when you have to break through the overwhelming saturation of social media. We’re taking a Social Media class and bringing it into the rainforest. Will break down how to create compelling imagery and video’s, that will help facilitate better social media engagement. Spend a week in the rainforest exploring amongst a group of participants that will be broken into two groups, each team will come up with a narrative to photograph, record, and weave into a conservation or research story. Will show you how to engage this story over social media for the week and how to draw attraction to it. This class is ideal for researchers, groups, or organization working on research, conservation projects, or involved in the science field. You’ll be shown how to break into the science communication field or how to grow your already established network. This class is also great for anyone who has ever fancied an experience with hands-on experience with a tropical researcher or photographer.

Course Objectives

  • Familiarize participants in the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Learn how to optimize your posts and engagement with your followers
  • Create a compelling narrative story over the week, and learn how to tell it with social media
  • Work on photography and videography that highlights research, conservation, and wildlife
  • Storyboarding a narrative and working as a team to complete the narrative.
  • Learn tools to optimize engagement, maximizing how to present your message.
  • Experience research tools used like; mist netting, surveys, and research photography.

Itinerary includes:

  • Arrive into Panama City on the 11th of February (flight not included). Night in Panama City (shared accommodation*).
  • 12th February, head up to Cocobolo Nature Reserve in 4WD vehicles
    • five nights at the Cocobolo Nature Reserve’s biological field station
    • Hands-on learning of photography and videography.
    • Two group narratives
    • Evening lectures and slideshows
  • Depart reserve on the 17th February to Panama City. Debrief. Night in Panama City
  • Fly out of Panama City 18th February (flight not included)

Photographic equipment and background

When you sign up for the class, we ask that you tell us what type of equipment you have, having a DSLR is strongly encouraged, but if you don’t have one, we can make arrangements. Also a brief description of your background, and your main goals. We’d like to get to know you some, that way we can arrange the groups before your arrival.

How to register

– Download, complete and sign the Application Form and send it back to us by email

– Pay a non-refundable deposit of 250 USD online via PayPal before 11th December 2017.

Deposit250.00 USDPay before Dec 11th 2017
Remainder1900.00 USDPay before Jan 11th 2018
Full2150.00 USDPay before Dec 11th 2017
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

* price based on a twin room accommodation in Panama City – a single room surcharge can be applied as requested.

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