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)
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.