NEW: National Extension Tourism network e-zine highlights successes, presents case studies
The Extension Foundation has added a new title to its library that documents a wide array of tourism-related applied research and outreach programs. The NET Effect: Members of the National Extension Tourism network help raise the bar in sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation is now available online.
The 57-page publication contains eight case studies that explore innovative Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant work in sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation. It features work being done in Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.
The magazine is an outcome of a partnership of the National Extension Tourism (NET) design team, the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD), and the New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) grant program. The NET design team, in collaboration with the NERCRD, was one of more than 20 teams awarded a 2022 NTAE grant, which gave NET critical funding and support to scale up the network’s activities.
The mission of the National Extension Tourism network (NET) is to integrate research, education, and outreach within Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant to support sustainable tourism. This work contributes in meaningful ways to the long-term economic development, environmental stewardship, and socio-cultural well-being of communities and regions.
Recently, the NET team also published the National Extension Tourism 2021 Conference Proceedings, increasing access to the impactful work presented at NET’s 2021 Conference: Navigating the Uncharted. That publication covers three categories of information: data, training, and marketing. In addition, it provides an overview of the U.S. recreation economy (including the impacts of COVID-19), results of a national agritourism survey, and case studies that will prove helpful for Extension and other organizations.
NET receives administrative support from the Regional Rural Development Centers, which receive core funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The New Technologies for Agriculture Extension (NTAE) program provided additional support.
The Extension Foundation has recently added new titles to its library. Topics include creating digital dashboards and resource hubs, Indigenous food sovereignty, DEI, mass media campaigns, game-based education, innovating curriculum, prescribed fire, emergency preparation and response, understanding food labels, and building resilience of farm and farm families. You can find the entire library of publications here.
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