Amy Rager and Andrea Lorek Strauss, Extension Educators in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Education, will present their work toward a new model for engaging natural resource volunteers this afternoon at the Joint Council of Extension Professionals Galaxy National Conference in Pennsylvania. With colleague, Chris Boyd of Mississippi State University Extension Service, they will discuss research-grounded strategies to productively engage individuals through recruitment, education, and retention phases of volunteerism. They will also explore the intersection of effective strategies for teaching adults and supporting volunteers.
Read a short presentation abstract on the conference site. This model will serve as one guide to continue improving the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program volunteer experience.