2022 Annual Conference

Conference Theme: Connecting Florida: Past, Present, and Future


Featured Book: "A Land Remembered" by Patrick Smith


For the first time ever, CNS has selected a featured book to align with the conference theme of celebrating our past, present, and future.  The novel, A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith, is historical fiction set mostly in pioneer or "crackerFlorida. The story covers over a century of Florida history from 1858 to 1968. 

We encourage everyone to read—or read again—A Land Remembered.  This should be a fun read for everyone as it appeals to a wide range of audiences including youth and adults, men and women, early Florida history buffs and historical fiction aficionados, adventure seekers and tracers of family ancestry—almost everyone who likes to read!

During the conference on Friday, we will have a book discussion for those who have read the book and, as part of our Friday evening social event, a storyteller will re-enact a character in the novel.  


Friday Keynote: Storyteller John Bowles

Conference attendees are in for a night of entertainment with storyteller John Bowles. Forgoing a traditional Florida history lesson, during our Friday night keynote John will be in-character as Tobias MacIvey from Patrick Smith's novel "A Land Remembered." The audience will hear about 19th century pioneer life in Florida. After the presentation, all conference goers are invited to the outside deck (with fireplace and a cash bar) where John will lead an open mic style storytelling session. So come prepared with a legend, tall-tale, or entertaining anecdote from your life as an environmental educator. 


Saturday Keynote: Jason Lauritsen, Florida Wildlife Corridor Scientist

In 2022, Florida passed the historic Florida Wildlife Corridor Act, helping ensure a future for Florida wildlife. Jason Lauritsen, Chief Conservation Officer of the Florida Wildlife Corridor non-profit will discuss the science behind the bill and the future of the law. Jason will provide key take-aways for teachers and share resources that can be used in the classroom or nature center.

Learn more about the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act here

Jason's Bio: Jason Lauritsen is the Chief Conservation Officer of the Florida Wildlife Corridor where he implements the vision and mission of the organization to connect, protect and restore essential conservation habitat statewide.

Lauritsen’s expertise includes environmental conservation and restoration, land management science, wetland protection, and Wood Stork recovery in the Western Everglades. He is an experienced speaker, educator, and writer who has authored numerous papers, publications, and presentations throughout his more than 20-year career in conservation and natural resources management.


Download a copy of the full draft agenda here.



      Founded in 2002, the Citizens Not Serfs in Florida is the professional association for individuals and organizations dedicated to the cause of environmental education in Florida. We are the state affiliate for North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), an organization that brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of our natural world and one that has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world for over four decades.  

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