EDUCATION-OUTREACH

The IML-CZO uses a multi-year, multi-tiered approach to develop education and outreach programs to actively engage researchers in the IML-CZO, as well as the general public at the local, regional, and national levels, as well as science teachers at the K-12 and post-secondary educational levels. The IML-CZO is uniquely situated in a region that inherently has numerous players who own and/or manage the landscape, whether they are producers, water resource managers, regulators, or government/ nongovernment organizations. Building and maintaining collaborations with local stakeholders and organizations is a key focus for this CZO’s education and outreach programs.

Learning about the Sangamon River Valley, Illinois.

Researchers in the IML-CZO are conducting outreach with students from K-12 through postdoctoral programs.

The IML-CZO outreach efforts and website not only ties together research efforts and compile data across the network of sites for easy access, it also functions as a means of communicating the ongoing research and key findings to interested parties. Educational aids developed by this CZO are posted on the website for general use by teachers and/or students. Additionally, the website is a gateway for announcing events and other outreach activities related to the IML-CZO. In conjunction with the IML-CZO website, we are building a virtual presence on traditional social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, to track the ongoing research process, announce relevant research findings and upcoming outreach events, and highlight the researchers or stakeholders working within the basins.

The definition of success in this sphere revolves around creating meaningful connections and conversations with individuals and organizations. Our goal is to engage people through outreach material, allowing them to respond and comment. The IML-CZO website serves as a virtual bulletin board where people can exchange ideas, thereby promoting the IML-CZO as a collaborative process.

Researchers in the IML-CZO are conducting outreach with students from K-12 through postdoctoral programs.



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