To maintain attraction to and retainment of new and diverse talent in applied STEM careers, youth engagement in natural resources is critical. However, due to limited funding, widespread disconnect to natural systems, and a lack of effective science communication on behalf of the STEM community, youth engagement in natural resources is dwindling. Cooperative Extension is well-positioned to address this challenge. This webinar will explore three very different ways that Extension personnel have engaged youth in natural resources and speakers will illustrate how to initiate and maintain new youth programming across states.
Sponored by University of Arizona-Cooperative Extension and funded by the USDA Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA).
Brian MacGowan, Certified Wildlife Biologist®, Extension Wildlife Specialist, FNR Extension Coordinator, Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
John Taylor, PA 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator, Penn State Extension – Franklin County
Elise Gornish, Cooperative Extension Specialist in Ecological Restoration, University of Arizona
For more information, please view the USDA Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Web-based Conference Series web page.