Reaching Out for Conservation – Introducing the Outreach Committee!

By WSCC 6 years ago

Western Slope Conservation Center Outreach Committee

The Western Slope Conservation Center is powered by our ~600 members spread throughout the Lower Gunnison Watershed, Colorado, and beyond. As a grassroots organization, we rely on the energy and power of our members to meet our mission – to build an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water, and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed. Throughout our 40+ year history, we have been supported by volunteer committees consisting of dedicated members who are passionate about conservation. For the past several years, there have been three volunteer committees – Watershed Stewardship, Public Lands, and Education – working diligently to support our goal of protecting our natural resources. The goal of these committees is to plug in people power to improve organizational capacity in Watershed, Public Lands, and Education programming. This winter, WSCC staff, board, and volunteers have reflected on our committees, and how we can make the most of our volunteers’ invaluable commitments. We are happy to share updates to our Education Committee, which we are re-branding the “Outreach Committee”, to more closely align with our organizational needs and volunteers strengths. The Outreach Committee fills a vital organizational need to ensure the Conservation Center is effectively building an active and aware community across the ENTIRE Lower Gunnison Watershed.

The Outreach Committee meets on the final Wednesday of each month at 5pm. Meetings are designed to be actionable and engaging, lasting no more than 1.5 hours, with snacks and beverages provided. They typically take place at our office (204 Poplar Ave in Paonia), but we are open to different options (scenic trails, reservoirs, bars, etc!).


Outreach Committee Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Outreach Committee is to create and coordinate education, events, and engagement to forward the mission of the Western Slope Conservation Center. 

*WSCC’s events over the course of the year should ensure the Conservation Center’s ability to reach the entire Lower Gunnison Watershed, especially outside the North Fork Valley. As such, we are looking for committee members from the Delta, Surface Creek, and Cedaredge areas! Meetings can be attended remotely via our conference call line. We welcome suggestions you may have to help our committee expand its reach!

**Tactics to engage the community should include a mix of community events and festivals, “lecture” series, hikes, happy hours, volunteer work days, social media, and more. 

For a detailed overview of the Outreach Committee and preview of 2018 events, see our 2018 Goals Document here.

  Education, Programs
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