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Learn How to Advance Action on your Invasive Species Issues- Join EmpowerU!

Imagine that you’ve eliminated the wild parsnip from YOUR property, only to see it spreading on the roadsides. Or maybe you volunteered with other people to remove buckthorn from your local park, but you need more resources to keep it from spreading. Despite all of your hard work, sometimes you get stuck when you realize you need to get someone with decision-making power involved. Maybe you don’t know who has the decision-making power. Maybe you’re not sure how to approach them or what information to give them. Maybe you just don’t think YOU have the knowledge or power to bring attention to your issue. If you are thinking about an invasive species issue and you are ready to take action (or you want to learn how to be ready…), join EmpowerU!, a new class that will help you learn what you need to know to engage decision-makers to advance action on your invasive species issue.

EmpowerU! is a hybrid class, in which you complete self-paced online coursework prior to attending a full-day in-person workshop. The class is focused on invasive species issues, but the tools and skills you learn can apply to any issue of concern to you! Through the online portion of the program, you will be guided through the process of developing an engagement plan specific to your issue. This plan will be your guide for engaging with the decision-maker(s) that can help push action on your issue. At the in-person workshop, you will learn more about putting your plan into action and have the chance to meet other people who are also working on invasive species issues.

Class details

Participants must attend ONE of these full day in-person workshops

  • Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at the UW-Madison Arboretum in Madison – Full – excepting names on a waiting list
  • Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at the Coughlin Center (Winnebago County Extension) in Oshkosh – executing names on a waiting list

Registration is FREE. Click on Click to register or visit the EmpowerU! page for more information. For questions, contact Anne Pearce (, 608-262-9570).

EmpowerU! in Wisconsin is brought to you by the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin, UW-Madison Arboretum, Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program, and Wisconsin First Detector Network.

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