Managing Visitors & Volunteers in Natural Areas


Presented  in a hybrid format (a combination of online and in-person training),  this workshop will provide guidance on how to integrate visitors and  volunteers into natural areas management.

Online learning: To be completed at your own pace anytime during the period 19 August - 11 October 2013

In–person learning: One day training on 16 October 2013, at Gold Head Branch State Park (Keystone Heights, FL)

Cost: $225

Registration: http://natamvv2013.eventbrite.com

This workshop provides guidance on how to integrate visitors and volunteers into natural areas management.

In the Managing Visitors Modules, participants will:

·         Develop an understanding for the need to create a vision for your recreation program

·         Learn to effectively and appropriately plan recreation opportunities

·         Design sustainable trails and facilities that meet the needs of your users

·         Apply   knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines to  develop new facilities, as well as evaluate existing facilities

·         Communicate with visitors, creating effective and informative interpretation programs

·         Use education as a means of visitor management

In the Managing Volunteers Modules, participants will:

·         Develop an understanding of the benefits and challenges of managing a volunteer program

·         Learn about the types of orientation and trainings that promote a successful volunteer program

·         Learn how to recruit volunteers, how to write volunteer job descriptions, and how to conduct volunteer interviews

·         Understand the importance of volunteer supervision and providing recognition for your volunteers

Note:  Group tuition rates are available for a single agency registering  multiple participants — please contact the workshop coordinator, Sarah  Friedl, for details.

For more information, contact Sarah at sefriedl@ufl.edu or 850-875-7153, or visit our website (http://wec.ufl.edu/nata).