WORKSHOP: Watershed Stewardship & Advocacy 101

Audubon Naturalist Society

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Is your community stream being threatened by development? Pollution a problem? Could your local official do something to help? Want to know what you can do at home to help the health of our streams and creeks? Join Audubon Naturalist Society’s experts for a fun and empowering workshop at Woodend for an introduction to environmental advocacy & watershed stewardship!

We will cover the following topics:

  • The importance of protecting water and watersheds, and the biggest threats to them
  • A brief introduction to the on-the-ground solutions that are needed at the home and community level, like rain gardens, planting trees, and responsible development practices.
  • We’ll go on a water walk of Woodend Nature Sanctuary’s new rain gardens and talk about our plans for treating 100% of our stormwater on site.
  • The Clean Water Act and how it works to move states, counties, and towns towards cleaner streams
  • How you can get involved: an introduction to advocacy skills, taught through role-play and scenarios
    • Identifying problems and solutions
    • Developing an action plan
    • Talking to decision-makers
    • Building coalitions to broaden support for your issue

And, you’ll get your own copy of our Advocacy & Stewardship Handbook!

Read about one workshop in the Naturalist Quarterly article Good Changes for the Environment in Our Hands.

Here’s what participants are saying about our Advocacy & Stewardship Workshops:

“I work for a small but growing watershed group. We just started to consider what kind of advocacy program to establish. This provided tools to help us.” — Tina Rouse, Friends of Cabin John Creek

“In my area, as I see the water changing, I want to find the right connection. This has stimulated me to do something.” – Barbara Lewis, Master Naturalist

“[The] workshop content was great! I believe that I have new tools to support my advocacy work. The workshop was worth the two hour drive from NOVA.” — participant in Advocacy 202  (Using Online Tools and Social Media for Advocacy)

$20/$30 (ANS members/nonmembers). Click here to learn more and register.