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Virtual Chat: Watershed education, outreach, and engagement: How can Extension support local partners in their programming?

RSVP Below. Click Here on February 17th, 2022 at 2 PM Eastern to Join the Virtual Chat!

On a regular basis, the Extension Foundation hosts virtual chats on Connect Extension, available to all Cooperative Extension professionals. The purpose of these short virtual chats is to highlight best practices and innovation throughout Cooperative Extension and initiative conversations about important issues. Each session will be a different topic area.

On February 17th, 2022, we will be discussing opportunities and challenges related to watershed education and outreach and discuss how Extension can support our audiences with resources and programming that can help build local capacity. We invite Cooperative Extension professionals to join us to discuss their experiences, share ideas, and highlight resources that have helped them and their stakeholders develop successful watershed science and engagement programs.

This conversation will be hosted by Anne Sawyer and Anne Nelson, Extension Educators from the University of Minnesota Extension.

To participate, Cooperative Extension professionals will need to have a Connect Extension account. To register your free Connect Extension account, click here.


Anne Sawyer

Anne is an Extension Educator in Water Resources, focusing on rural/agricultural watershed-based education for audiences including concerned citizens, local and regional planners, and water resource professionals. Anne earned her PhD in Soil Science from the University of Minnesota in 2017, where she studied nutrient management and microbiology in perennial grasses grown for bioenergy. She also has a BA in Geology from Carleton College and an MS in Watershed Science from Colorado State University. Her previous work experience includes Extension (horticulture), the National Weather Service (snow hydrology) and the National Park Service (resource interpretation).

Anne Nelson

Anne is an Extension Educator working for the University of Minnesota Extension with a focus on rural groundwater management. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls with a B.S. in Agronomy and from the University of Minnesota with a M.S. in Soil Science. She works primarily with farmers and private well owners to manage and protect groundwater as a drinking water source. She works with nutrient management, irrigation management, and private well concerns.

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