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Minnesota Sea Grant

Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting 2012 | Duluth, Minn.

Overview:

Note: This meeting overlaps with the National Non-point Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Conference.


Locations:


Hotel Reservation:

The Sheraton Duluth has given us the special rate of $82 per night for city side rooms; this rate expires after August 30! If you're also attending the NEMO U8 conference, this rate will apply for those dates as well. To get this rate, please make your reservation using this link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/greatlakesnetworkconference.


Registration:

The registration fees cover all conference costs, including scheduled meals, banquet, receptions, field trips, and workshops. Extra costs are associated with additional banquet tickets, which can be selected on the registration page, and for the Fishing trip, payment to be arranged later.

EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS SEPT 7TH!

$235: Early Conference Registration (by Sept. 7th)

$170: Early Registration (by Sept. 7th) if also registered for the full NEMO U8 Conference (Note: proof of NEMO registration will be required at registration desk)

$255: Late Conference Registration (after Sept. 7th)

$195: Late Conference Registration (after Sept. 7th) if also registered for the full NEMO U8 Conference (Note: proof of NEMO registration will be required at registration desk)

$40: Additional Banquet Ticket


Field Trip Descriptions:

1. Lake Superior Fishing Trip
Trip Details: Fishing on Lake Superior!
Be Prepared For: waves, cold, wind, rain, snow, heat, sun, etc. It's October in Duluth!
Recommended Gear: dress in layers including raincoat, insulated jacket, warm hat, and gloves. Also bring sunscreen, water bottle, motion sickness remedy.
Extra Cost: Yes; license + guide fee TBD
2. Amity Creek Restoration/Flood Impacts Tour
Trip Details: Visit Amity Creek and tour several restoration sites to discuss stream and riparian projects, stormwater BMP study area, and view damage due to 500 year flood in June of 2012. Stops include: tree planting in upper watershed, Lakeside residential BMP study area, Graves Creek stabilization and monitoring site, eroding/slumping clay banks along river.
Be Prepared For: some walking along roads, through the woods, and along a possibly wet, muddy trail. Weather could be quite cool or quite warm, potentially wet, possibly snowy.
Recommended Gear: rain coat, fleece jacket, hiking boots/shoes, and a water bottle.
Extra Cost: No
3. U of MN Duluth Stormwater and Sustainability Tour
Trip Details: Tour stormwater features around the University of Minnesota Duluth Campus, which includes over 50 innovative features designed to reduce runoff and downstream impacts, and learn about campus-wide sustainability efforts focused on students, staff, and facilities. (Notes: Highlight not-so-popular BMP's, and how it's been implemented on campus)
Be Prepared For: walking around outside on sidewalks, parkinglots, perhaps turfgrass. Weather could be about anything.
Recommended Gear: good walking shoes, rain coat, fleece jacket, water bottle.
Extra Cost: No
4. Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
Trip Details: Tour the newest freshwater NERR's facilities and the St. Louis River Estuary and experience the Augmented-Reality Geoquest in the Estuary - players use mobile phones to "interact" with virtual characters located throughout the estuary, viewing videos, text, or pictures triggered by the phone's built in GPS system. Each of the games has a theme and a mission tied to the stories and science of the estuary.
Be Prepared For: walking around outside on sidewalks and trails; weather could be about anything.
Recommended Gear: rain coat, fleece jacket, good walking shoes, water bottle.
Extra Cost: No
5. Great Ships Facility
Trip Details: Tour the Great Ships Facility where full-scale testing of ballast water treatment options are being performed to determine their effectiveness and applicability for retrofit of Great Lakes vessels to reduce or eliminate the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Be Prepared For: walking around outside on sidewalks; weather could be about anything.
Recommended Gear: rain coat, fleece jacket, good walking shoes, water bottle.
Extra Cost: No
6. Kayaking in the St. Louis River
Trip Details: Spend the afternoon touring the upper St. Louis River estuary in a sea kayak; view creek outfalls, wetlands, restoration sites, and bountiful wildlife. The trip will be self-paced. (Note: Maximum 20 participants)
Be Prepared For: kayaking outside in October; weather could be about anything. The average temp in Duluth in early October is around 60° F, but varies widely.
Recommended Gear: rain coat, fleece jacket, water shoes, wool socks, water bottle. Avoid cotton clothing.
Extra Cost: No

Training Workshop Details:

Training Block 1: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (with break)

1. Tech: ArcGIS.com
Trainers: Dave Dickson, National NEMO Network Coordinator and Cary Chadwick, Geospatial Educator, UCONN Center for Land use Education and Research
 
Summary: Training Summary: This workshop will explore a relatively new, free resource for creating online maps to display your data and information - ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS Online is a free web-based platform for Chrisbuilding and customizing maps for websites that is similar to Google Earth or Google My Maps. However, it is more feature rich than Google Maps and allows the user to build on a wider variety of base maps, operational layers and existing user data. ArcGIS Online is integrated with the most popular desktop GIS, ArcGIS 10, which makes it easy to transfer existing GIS data to an interactive web environment. There is also an ArcGIS application ("app") for Apple, Android and Windows mobile devices that can be used to edit or add to an ArcGIS mashup using your tablet or smartphone.

Through a combination of instruction and hands on exercises, participants will learn how to navigate ArcGIS Online, create an interactive mapping mashup, access ArcGIS Online's mapping services, and add/edit data using the ArcGIS mobile app.
2. The Watershed Game (Full Day Training)
Trainers: John Bilotta, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension and MN Sea Grant, Jesse Schomberg, Coastal Communities Extension Educator, MN Sea Grant, and Cindy Hagley, Environmental Quality Extension Educator, MN Sea Grant
 
Summary: The Watershed Game (WSG) is an interactive, hands-on simulation developed for use in NEMO programs to teach local leaders and participants the application of plans, practices, and policies to meet clean water goals while accommodating community growth. Read the Watershed Game Fact Sheet for more information available online at http://northlandnemo.org/watershedgame.html. Participants will leave with a strong ability to organize, facilitate, and use the Watershed Game (WSG) for a NEMO workshop and other educational programs. Participants will increase their skills at developing and communicating learning objectives to target audiences and use the WSG to teach to those and accomplish them.

Minnesota Extension and Sea Grant Staff will share their successful strategies and experiences with the WSG including best practices and things to avoid as a result of their 40+ trained facilitators they have been working with across the state and the nation. Must participate in the full-day of training.
3. Gearing up for Change: Climate Training for Outreach Professionals
Trainers: Diane Desotelle, MN Sea Grant Climate Change Extension Educator; Laura Holladay, MI Sea Grant Climate Specialist; Molly Woloszyn, IL-IN Sea Grant Extension Climatologist
 
Summary: "Climate Change" is the buzz phrase these days, and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network has been working to find ways to reach out to communities in the region and encourage them to learn, plan, and adapt to a changing climate. This workshop is designed to provide information for outreach/extension educators who may be interested in incorporating climate education, adaptation planning, and tool implementation into the work they do with local and regional communities. The workshop will begin with an introduction to climate science basics, including historical climate trends in the Great Lakes region and the unique ways that climate change may impact the region. Participants will get a feel for the concepts of variation and uncertainty around climate change, which are important for interpreting climate data and model projections. We will provide suggestions for helping communities make decisions under uncertainty, as well as how to communicate important climate information to general audiences without being too heavy on the science jargon. Finally, we will share examples of a climate readiness assessment survey that has been tested in a couple communities, and the feedback received. A brief discussion on available tools for vulnerability assessments and climate adaptation will round out the workshop.

Participants will leave with ideas for incorporating climate information into the work they already as well as with a better understanding of ways that communities can adapt to a changing climate.
4. Social Science and Great Lakes Coastal Management: The Basics
Trainers: Great Lakes Social Science Network: Chris Ellis, Social Scientist, NOAA Coastal Services Center and Caitie McCoy, Environmental Social Scientist, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
 
Summary: It's difficult to think of a coastal management issue that is not in some way related to humans and our activities - either in cause or effects. This block will help participants better understand and integrate social science disciplines to address coastal resource management issues. This workshop is best suited for those interested in learning the basics of changing human knowledge, attitudes, policies and behavior. Participants will leave with new knowledge, confidence and skill to apply to their own projects. Each time block includes a presentation of concepts and a related exercise for participants to apply the concepts learned.

 

Training Block 2: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (with break)

1. Tech: The Charming weTable
Trainers: Steven Mikulencak, Texas SeaGrant/ Texas NEMO, and Amy Anderson and/or Doug Walker, Placeways, LLC
 
Summary: The weTable is a new workshop tool that turns any table-top into a functioning computer interface. It allows for a whole new level of workshop collaboration where participants can explore and interact with digital data, maps, and online resources. A laptop, projector, Nintendo Wii mote, and a hand-held light pen come together to create this interactive and collaborative environment. For example, the weTable enabled groups to develop GIS-based land development scenarios, where participants with no GIS experience interacted with mapping data, made changes to where development is placed, and got real time feedback about impacts. This training will help participants understand how to set up their own weTable, learn about the technology (and costs) involved, and learn about its potential for public workshops. Then, working in groups, participants will have hands on experience with the weTable by utilizing the CHARM (Community Health and Resources Management) model to create land development scenarios in ArcGIS and CommunityViz.
2. The Watershed Game (All Day Session - Continued from the morning)
See above
3. Water Words that Work
Trainer: Eric Eckl, Founder - Water Words that Work, LLC
 
Summary: Make a splash with your communications! Relearn the language that everyday citizens use and you'll become more confident and successful as you set out to enlighten the uninformed and persuade the undecided to take a stand or take action on behalf of our rivers, lakes, and oceans. Water Words That Work, Part 1: Reconnect with the perspective that everyday citizens have on nature protection and pollution control, and discover the shocking secret of what motivates them to take action. Water Words That Work, Part 2: Master steps 1 through 4 of the Environmental Message Method, a step-by-step process for transforming professional language into action language that will help make your next fundraising, issue advocacy, and behavior change campaign a success.
4. Social Science and Great Lakes Coastal Management: Focus on Focus Groups
Trainers: Great Lakes Social Science Network: Chris Ellis, Social Scientist, NOAA Coastal Services Center and Caitie McCoy, Environmental Social Scientist, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
 
Summary: It's difficult to think of a coastal management issue that is not in some way related to humans and our activities - either in cause or effects. This block will help participants build fundamental skills in planning and administering focus groups. Each time block includes a presentation of concepts and a related exercise for participants to apply the concepts learned.

More Information:

Email Minnesota Sea Grant at seagr@d.umn.edu or call (218) 726-8106.


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