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TMN Tuesday – Connecting All Texans to Conservation Through Meaningful, Engaging Interpretation
August 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Join Craig Hensley, Texas Nature Trackers Biologist, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 12:00 pm central!
Connecting All Texans to Conservation Through Meaningful, Engaging Interpretation
Engaging Texans of all ages through education and outreach is one of the core tenants of the Texas Master Naturalist program. Delivering programs that are meaningful, accurate, educational, and yes, fun, requires a fundamental understanding of effective communication through interpretive techniques and approaches that lead to conservation action. It is not enough to simply fill minds with facts, or assume our engagement with nature will or should be the same as everyone else’s. Effective interpretation must address not only the resource and topic at hand, but also the audience, recognizing that everyone arrives with unique connections to, experiences with and understanding of, the natural world. Programs that invite all audiences to engage are critical to our success in expanding conservation efforts. This presentation will build upon your existing understanding of interpretation and provide practical and meaningful tips for effective communication with audiences of all ages and backgrounds to help your chapter move toward more inclusive community-wide engagement.
Craig Hensley, as part of the Community Stewardship and Engagement Team with the Conservation Outreach program with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, works closely with team member Tania Homayoun to create a state-wide community of engaged community scientists to assist with data collection focused on Species of Greatest Conservation Need through outreach focused on the use of iNaturalist. Craig has been an educator, naturalist and interpreter for more than 30 years, including more than seven years at Guadalupe River State Park. He is an advisor for the Lindheimer Master Naturalist Chapter.