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.
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:
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.