New VMN Basic Training Curriculum Resources: Where to Find Them and How to Get the Most From Them
From Michelle Prysby
Description: The VMN curriculum project came about as a result of our needs assessment and strategic plan, which identified the need for more standardized curriculum resources that could be used flexibly by chapters as a top priority for the program. Our overarching goals for the project include enhancing learning by enabling chapters to include more hands-on activities in their courses, improving volunteer retention by clearly tying the training content to typical volunteer projects VMNs might do, and meeting the varying training needs of our diverse chapters. One curriculum topic is currently completed, and we will be completing four additional topics by mid-autumn. In this webinar, we will address where to find the resources, the varying ways chapters and volunteers may use them, and how you can provide feedback to improve future products. We encourage training chairs and committee members to attend, as well as any other interested volunteers, instructors, and partners.
Presenter: Michelle Prysby served as the statewide coordinator of the Virginia Master Naturalist program for its first seven years. She now serves as the Special Projects Coordinator, working on basic training curriculum development as well as several other new program initiatives. She especially enjoys teaching VMN classes on such varied topics as identifying frog calls, basic ecology, naturalist skills, citizen science, and urban/developed systems.
This webinar was presented on 30 September 2015.