Using Innovative Educational Approaches to Enhance Ecosystem Health

Date & Time (Eastern): 
Feb 20 2020 - 1:00pm

Webinar Summary:

Extension professionals are constantly seeking new strategies to effectively reach and engage our audiences. While traditional methods are still effective in many places and for certain audiences, innovative approaches can expand our connections, deepen our impact and broaden our scope. They can also give us a chance to learn new skills providing us with professional advancement and effectiveness.

In the rapidly changing world of invasive species, nimble and novel outreach mechanisms connecting with a diverse cross-section of society are necessary to positively impact our renewable resources in range, forests, and wetlands. Maintaining ecosystem health at the landscape scale can be more feasible when we use communication tools that link people together at the regional level in the blink of an eye.

University of Minnesota Extension video and 3-D resources sheet.

We will be highlighting:

  • Andrea Lorek Strauss, University of Minnesota (Video)
  • Megan Weber, University of Minnesota (3-D printing)
  • David Coyle, Clemson University (Social media)


Join the discussion

Communicating Impact

Thank you for your presentations today! How can impact be captured and described using any of these tools? How do we move past talking just about outputs, and starting to communicate their impact?

One thing that might be useful is thinking about short term vs long term impacts. Can we embed "learning objectives" in how we measure interactions with social media and other technology?

Supported By

This work is supported by the Renewable Resources Extension Act Program [grant no. USDA-NIFA–EXCA-005457] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

United States Department of Agriculture
The project to update the 2012-2016 RREA Strategic Plan was awarded to The Rangelands Partnership in 2016.