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WiWiC Educator Network Launch Recap and Resources

Updated: Dec 21, 2021




Thanks to the over 80 conservation educators working with women landowners in Wisconsin who attended the October 28, 2021 kick-off of our new WiWiC Conservation Educator Network. With a goal of connecting and amplifying connection opportunities amongst our inspiring community of conservation educators in the state, this network will serve as an ongoing resource and WiWIC is honored to serve as the hub.

Note this network is open to all of the many of you who champion conservation educators, whether you are a paid professional on staff or volunteer and all genders welcome.




Some follow-up resources and next steps from the October 28 virtual gathering:

  • Recorded session here, including remarks from Angela Biggs, Wisconsin State Conservationist and an overview of the WiWiC women landowner research component by Rebecca Christoffel.

  • Our next WiWiC Conservation Educator Virtual Meet-Up will be Tuesday, March 8. More details to come and registration is open here to get it on your 2022 calendar.

  • Thanks to the collaborative spirit of that first meet-up, a fabulous range of conservation education resources were shared in the chat when prompted by the question: What educational resource have you discovered that you would like to share with other educators because you find it so useful? A compiled list is below.

  • If you are a conservation educator that did not attend the Oct. 28 event and would like to join the network (free) and be informed of future events, please sign up here and check the “conservation educator” box. And please invite your educator colleagues!

  • We'll be launching our WiWiC Listserv sometime during the holidays. We'd love to have you participate in the exchange of information! Please sign up HERE.

Look forward to reconnecting in the spring and throughout the WiWIC program!



Many resources were referenced by presenters and shared in the chat. Here's our best attempt to capture all that was exchanged:


Conservation Education Non-profits

Xerces Society (especially Pollinator resources for Midwest)

Holistic resource management (the Savory Institute)

Grassworks: Ask a Grazier Facebook group

American Farmland Trust

AFT produces soil health economic case studies that show the real-life economic impact for farmers who have adopted new soil health practices.

Groundwater Model Project at UWSP

Groundwater Flow Model is an interactive classroom tool designed to show the flow of water and toxins through differing gradients in a porous medium.

Wisconsin Wetlands Association

Check out their coffee chats and landowner resources

Aldo Leopold Foundation

Driftless Curiosity Inc

American Aronia Berry

Women Owning Woodlands Network (WOWnet)


Driftwatch



Trainings

WI Land+Water

Apps

Seek Plant ID app by iNaturalist


SoilWeb


Podcasts

Resource for nonprofit fundraising: "Fulfilled Fundraising" podcast


Curriculum

Women Caring for the Land curriculum manual/Women Food & Ag Network (WFAN)

It has information at the front of the manual about the learning circle methodology and timeline/preparation for hosting a Learning Circle


Growing Up Wild: Exploring Nature with Young Children


Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively


Wildlife & Your Land, Wisconsin DNR

Pheasants Forever Habitat Education


Driftless Area Land Conservancy, Conservation Partners and Programs Guide for grasslands in SW WI



Career related

Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Apprenticeship

Green New Careers


Misc

Social Media to Follow: @Black Forager

Slingshotplanner


WiWiC Partner Organizations

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute/MFAI

Wisconsin Farmers Union

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service/MOSES (especially the organic resources)

Renewing the Countryside






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