University of Minnesota Extension presents a first-in-the-nation program to help woodland and shoreline owners, master volunteers, and natural resources professionals grow their skills to meaningfully engage decisions makers about invasive species. Learn to confidently share information with decision makers, give input on policies and plans, and be an active voice in land management around invasive species.


This course is designed as a “flipped classroom” where you’ll complete approximately 8 hours of self-paced learning over 4 weeks. The videos, readings, and listening and writing assignments in our online course will prepare you to participate in a day long capstone workshop, where you will go deeper into some topics, practice what you’ve learned and have time for questions with your co-learners and instructors.


This course is intended to increase your knowledge in a range of topics that will be useful to you in engaging decision makers. Topics include:

  1. Engagement: what, who and why?
  2. Start with Good Information
  3. Who can help solve your issue?
  4. Influence, Power & Persuasion
  5. Listening & Questions
  6. Naming and Framing the Issue
  7. How will you engage?
  8. Learning from others


At the end of this training you will:

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


For questions about course content or the in-person workshop, please contact Angela Gupta, 507-280-2869 or agupta@umn.edu.

For questions about registration or issues accessing the online course, please contact Emily Dombeck, 612-624-6709 or edombeck@umn.edu.


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Section Title
EmpowerU - Cloquet
Online, self paced
Jun 10, 2019 to Jul 13, 2019
9:00AM to 3:00PM
Jul 13, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Off-Campus
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $50.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jun 08, 2019
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 08, 2019
Section Details

Participants are expected to complete approximately 8 hours of online training in the weeks before attending an in-person workshop on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 9 AM - 3 PM at the Cloquet Forestry Center, 175 University Road, Cloquet, MN 55720.

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