Building Public Engagement with Science: Strategies for Success

URI Master Gardener program
Kingston, Rhode Island
March 12 & 14, 2018

Master Gardener.
Master Gardeners have a deep base of knowledge to share about horticulture, soil science, and food systems. But their target audiences may not share a familiarity with this scientific jargon and research.

Metcalf Institute will hold two science communication micro-workshops to provide  participants in the University of Rhode Island Master Gardner program with the tools to improve their outreach efforts. Metcalf Institute Executive Director Sunshine Menezes will give an overview of the fundamentals of effective science communication and provide tips on how to tailor compelling messages to engage various audiences.

Following her presentations, participants will practice new skills during an interactive session designed to help distill complex information into concise and interesting talking points for broader audiences.

About the URI Master Gardner Program
The mission of the URI Master Gardener Program is to educate citizens in environmentally sound horticulture practices through the dissemination of factual, research-based information.  With over 600 trained volunteer educators, the URI Master Gardener Program utilizes the train-the-trainer approach to amplify the impact of Cooperative Extension in Rhode Island and surrounding areas.  Through our demonstration gardens and educational services, URI Master Gardeners connect the resources and knowledge base of the Land Grant University system to the people who need them.

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