Connections Feed

Through a partnership with the Kettering Foundation, NAAEE has been developing materials that foster community level deliberation of critical issues. But, what do you do after a great deliberative discussion? What do we need to do to move towards community based solutions? This presentation introduces a new Extension community engagement program in Florida--Community Voices, Informed Choices (CIVIC). Launched in 2017 as a cross-disciplinary initiative to enable teams of Extension faculty serve as conveners and facilitators of community dialogue, CIVIC aims to strengthen communities' capacity to identify common ground around complex issues such as climate change and sea-level rise and move from deliberation to action.

University of Florida IFAS Extension works with partners to engage nontraditional audiences in environmental education and conservation programs such as Extension-led citizen science projects. Several of these programs will be highlighted to show how you can work with your local Extension program on conservation and environmental education.