Volunteer Training Offered by
the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries,
with assistance from the Dept. of Environmental Sciences-UVA.
Be a Habitat Partner© and share your passion for wildlife and wildlife habitat!
This workshop brings together members of multiple volunteer organizations who are willing to collaborate on education outreach to the general public about the importance of pollinators and healthy wildlife habitats.
WHO’S INVITED: This workshop is being offered to volunteers and other community leaders interested in learning about pollinators and pollinator habitat and who will also plan and conduct subsequent pollinator habitat programs for the general public, either at Lake Shenandoah in Rockingham County, or in their own local community.
Volunteers from many organizations are encouraged to register, such as the following: Master Naturalists; Master Gardeners; DGIF Complementary Work Force (CWF) Volunteers; Tree Stewards; Virginia Native Plant Society; Beekeepers Association leaders; Izaak Walton League; Youth Leaders (e.g. 4H, Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs); Garden Club leaders; and other conservation and community service leaders.
WORKSHOP CONTENT: The training will begin at the Massanetta Springs Conference Center with an overview about pollinators. Then we’ll caravan to Lake Shenandoah (about 5 minutes from the Center).
During the visit to the Lake, we’ll conduct several field investigations to observe and identify pollinators, collect bee specimens, and learn about the native plants that form this biodiverse habitat.
In the afternoon, we’ll return to the Conference Center for lunch and additional instruction, including a “mini-lab” to look more closely at the specimens we collected.
During the last portion of the training, we’ll discuss how to target conservation messages to specific audiences, and participants will work in small groups to brainstorm and plan collaborative programming strategies. Our goal is to help you come away with several ideas for working together on subsequent pollinator programs for the public, such as for homeowners associations, school groups, and others.
Topics and Speakers include the following:
Importance of Pollinators; Bee Diversity; and Plant Ecology— T’ai Roulston, Research Associate Professor, Dept. Environmental Sciences-UVA
Pollinator Habitat at Lake Shenandoah—Jason Hallacher, Assistant Fisheries Biologist, DGIF
Key Messages for Habitat Education Outreach—Carol A. Heiser, Education Section Manager and Habitat Education Coordinator, DGIF
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE: 1) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping booklet; 2) a packet of numerous pollinator resources; 3) other habitat education materials; and 4) a certificate for 6 hours of instruction.
REGISTRATION IS ONLINE ONLY (register by 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017), at this link: https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/106239
SOURCE / PDF COPY: Pollinator Habitat Training