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1 Oregons Watershed Stewardship Education Program: Reviewing our 10-year program as a guide for the future Derek Godwin Watershed Management OSU Extension Service and Extension Sea Grant Maine NEMO

2 Driving Forces in 1994

3 Needs Assessments Salmon Summit on campus in 1996 Curriculum developed 1995 – 1996 (revised in 2001) Focus group sessions 1996 Resulted in pilot test of workshops delivered in three coastal areas

4 Started on coast, spread to Western Oregon, then statewide (2001 – 2006) Watershed Stewardship Education Program

5 Growth and Decline of Program Time Growth

6 Maine NEMO Present Day Driving Factors

7 Needs Assessments: re-visiting a proven technique Picked issue of growth and development Conducted scoping workshops with target audience in three different types of communities: Portland, Grants Pass, Brookings Invited people representing partners and potential future audience What are the biggest issues/barriers related to low impact growth facing your community? What types of educational services are needed? (include target audience)

8 Changing Demands and Expertise From Salmon/Watershed/Rural to Water/Community/Urban-Rural interface Change in expertise and capacity within Extension

9 Moving Forward Maintain MWS program/recognition but modify existing topics and create new ones to meet audience needs Tailor program (topic, number, format) to meet a specific audience – small farms, municipal officials, rural-urban interface Consider MWS recognition over time

10 Maine NEMO Lessons Learned Identify issues/driving forces Conduct needs assessment with target audience Filter assessment for what your organization can and could accomplish Make sure program delivery meets audience interests and needs Reflect on your ultimate goal and whether your program will get you there


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