DescriptionUniversity 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.
The EmpowerU program helps master volunteers, woodland and shoreline owners, and natural resources professionals grow their skills to meaningfully engage decision makers about invasive species.
Participants will learn skills needed to share information with decision makers, give input on policies and plans, and be an active voice in land management around invasive species. You will complete approximately 8 hours of self-paced learning over 4 weeks, followed by a one-day in-person workshop.
- Online course (opens on June 8): Videos, readings, and listening and writing assignments in the online course will prepare you to participate in a day-long capstone workshop. 8 learning modules will take approximately 1 hour each to complete. Though the course is self-paced, instructors recommend taking 2 modules per week in order to complete the required coursework before the capstone workshop.
- In-person day-long workshop (July 13, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Cloquet Forestry Center): You will go deeper into some topics, practice what you have 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:
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.