2023 Extension Master Gardener Coordinator Continuing Education Webinars
1:00 pm EST
February 8, 2023
A Conversation about Diversity in the Master Gardener Program: What’s working?
Presenter: Vanessa Venturini, Rhode Island Extension
This interactive session will be facilitated by Vanessa Venturini, state coordinator in Rhode Island and member of the National Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion National Committee. Vanessa will share successful strategies from Rhode Island which has been making intentional efforts to diversify Extension Master Gardener volunteers for the past 3 years. The majority of this hour will be spent in a national conversation. Please come ready to with ideas of what’s working (and what’s not!) in your state in terms of diversifying your volunteer base.
National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) Update
Presenters: Sheri Dorn and Natalie Bumgarner
Making the Most Out of Qualtrics: Setting up a Monthly Survey and Communications Tool
Presenter: Alyssa Vinson, UF/IFAS Extension
Learn how to develop a cost-effective communication tool that incorporates informal needs assessment, program marketing and Master Gardener Volunteer appreciation using Qualtrics. In 2022, the Manatee County Residential Horticulture program received over 2,000 individual responses and direct engagements with monthly horticulture content, informing future class formation and providing opportunities to thank Master Gardener Volunteers for their efforts.
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Generational Volunteering in Your Workplace and Community: Understanding Generational Characteristics can Assist Extension Master Gardener Coordinators in Engaging New Community Members as Volunteers
Learn more about these generations and how to use this knowledge to strengthen your skills when working, learning, and volunteering together. Attendees will participate in activities to design programming and recruitment messaging for these volunteers. We look forward to great group conversation and idea sharing.
Presenter: Rachelle Vettern, ND State University Extension
Rachelle is a Professor and the Leadership and Volunteer Development Specialist for North Dakota State University Extension. In her Extension role, she conducts research and provides education for youth and adults in the areas of leadership, ethics, generations, youth development, and volunteer development. She has enjoyed working with many MGC’s on the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism Planning Committee, in the Achieving the Extension Mission through Volunteers Course, and across ND. In her faculty role, she teaches online classes for the Great Plains IDEA Youth Development master’s program.
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