EmpowerU: Advocating Invasive Species Management and Natural Resource Conservation

February 15, 2021 - March 20, 2021

Virtual


Contact: For further information contact one of the instructors: Georgia Peterson, petersog@msu.edu; Julie Crick, crickjul@msu.edu; or Eric Walcott, walcott3@msu.edu.

 

Have you been working on a natural resource conservation issue--such as controlling invasive species--but feel compelled to do more? Taking part in the EmpowerU Program will move your invasive species work to the next level!

In this five-week course, woodland and shoreline owners, master volunteers, and natural resources professionals can grow their skills to meaningfully engage decision makers about natural resource issues. Through a series of self-paced online learning activities coupled with three online learning sessions, participants will:

  • Gain understanding of the roles and levels of government, and who to contact regarding natural resource management.
  • Learn to use skills such as influence, persuasion, framing, questioning and listening in interactions with decision makers.
  • Know where to find reputable information on the status of natural resources in your area.
  • Create an engagement plan and experience practicing it in a safe, peer-learning environment.
  • See yourself as a resource to decision makers on your chosen natural resource issue.
  • View engagement with decision makers as a norm and encourage others to do it.
  • Network with other people passionate to make a difference around natural resource conservation.  

The cost for the series is $10, which includes access to all online sessions, handouts, and personal guidance to help build your own engagement plan.

Delivery Method: Online via a combination of self-paced modules and zoom check-ins

Time commitment: Participants will complete 8 online modules which should take about one hour each. There will be 3 (three) zoom webinars offered over the course of the program to keep everyone on track & answer any questions.

Recommended course timeline:

Week 1: Monday, February 15-Online modules 1 & 2

Week 2: Monday, February 22-Online modules 3 & 4

Zoom meeting check-in: Thursday, February 25 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST

Week 3: Monday, March 1-Online modules 5 & 6

Zoom meeting check-in: Thursday, March 4 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST

Week 4: Monday, March 8-Online modules 7 & 8

Week 5: Two hour ‘capstone’

Zoom meeting: Saturday, March 20 at 9-11 a.m. EST

Technology requirements: You will need reliable internet access and a computer with an updated web browser. In addition, you will need a broadband internet connection (DSL or faster), and the ability to playback media content (for courses that include audio and video).

  • Supported operating systems and web browsers: D2Lruns on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Adobe Flash Player (version 10.1 or greater). Learn more about which browsers D2Lsupports here: Which browsers does D2Lsupport?
  • Word processing software such as Microsoft Word OR Google account for use with Google
  • Adobe Acrobat or another supported PDF reader.

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Georgia Peterson

Georgia Peterson
petersog@msu.edu

Julie Crick

Julie Crick
crickjul@msu.edu

Eric Walcott

Eric Walcott
walcott3@msu.edu