Do you work to combat invasive species in Michigan but feel compelled to do more? Learn how to work with decision makers, influence management decisions and stop the spread of invasive species.
In conjunction with National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Michigan State University Extension is launching an online course called, “Empower U! Advocating for Invasive Species Management” to move your invasive species work to the next level.
Woodland and shoreline owners, master volunteers, and natural resources professionals can grow their skills to meaningfully engage decision makers about invasive species. Through the course you will learn how to craft your own argument to persuade decision makers about the importance of invasive species (aquatic and terrestrial) management or removal in your area.
The course begins on March 2, 2019 and consists of 5 weeks of online sessions (around 1 hour/week), concluding with an in-person workshop on Friday, March 29, 2019 in Okemos (attendance required).
Through this 5-week course, which consists of a series of self-paced online learning activities and one in-person workshop, participants will:
- Gain understanding of the roles and levels of government and whom to contact regarding invasive species management.
- Learn to use skills such as influence, power, 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.
- Create 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, too.
- Network with other people passionate to make a difference around invasive species.
The cost is $30/person and includes access to the online course, handouts and lunch on the 29th.
Click here to register today! Deadline for registration is Friday, March 1st.
Questions? Contact Julie R. Crick, Natural Resources Educator, Michigan State University Extension