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EmpowerU: Advocating Invasive Species Management 4-week course

Saturday, October 13

This course will teach woodland and shoreline owners, master volunteers, and natural resources professionals how to engage with decision makers in order to influence management decisions and stop the spread of invasive species.

Participants are expected to complete approximately 8 hours of online training in the 3.5 weeks before attending the in-person workshop. 

In this course you will learn:

  • The roles and levels of government and who to contact regarding invasive species management.
  • Skills such as influence, power, persuasion, framing, questioning and listening in interactions with decision makers.

  • Where to find reputable information on the status of invasive species in your area.

Most importantly, you will be able to apply what you have learned in this workshop to confidently share information with decision makers, give input on policies and plans, and be an active voice in land management around invasive species.

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Event information

Saturday, October 13
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kahler Grand Hotel
20 2nd Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902
United States

Beth Kallestad, University of Minnesota Extension educator
bckall@umn.edu or 507-536-6307


$50, includes lunch


Registration deadline is September 25, 2018.

Please note: This first-of-its-kind course is a pilot, and participants will be asked to complete occasional surveys to provide feedback on their experience.

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