Social media training for watershed professionals set April 12 in Stephenville

STEPHENVILLE — The Texas A&M Institute of Natural Resources will conduct a social media training workshop April 12 in Stephenville.

The institute is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences — all part of the Texas A&M University system.

Amy Hays will be the trainer for the social media-use program for watershed professionals to be held April 12 in Stephenville. (Texas

Amy Hays will be the trainer for the Texas A&M Institute for Natural Resources social media-use program for watershed professionals April 12 in Stephenville. (Texas A&M Institute of Natural resources photo)

The “Every Drop Counts—How to Raise Awareness in an Information Age” workshop is designed for watershed coordinators and those who promote sustainable uses of watersheds, according to Amy Hays, institute program specialist in emerging technologies and the workshop trainer. It will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Room 125 of the Math Building on the Tarleton State University campus.

Hays said the workshop will focus on teaching local partners how to use social media to enhance outreach and engage stakeholders.

“It includes information on the present state of social media, how to use social media as outreach instead of just for personal use, new and old social media tools and creative ways to reach new audiences,” she said.

Registration is available through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Conference Services at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and is $60 through April 5 and $70 thereafter. The registration fee includes lunch. Participants are asked to bring their own laptop or handheld device.

This workshop is sponsored by the Texas Institute of Applied Environmental Research, part of Tarleton State University. It is the first of four social media trainings for natural resources stakeholders taking place throughout the state. Other workshops are scheduled for May 15 in San Antonio, May 23 in Houston and July 18 in Austin.

Information on additional workshops and trainings can be found on the institute’s website at http://irnr.tamu.edu and the Texas Water Resources Institute training page at http://naturalresourcestraining.tamu.edu/.

“The Institute for Renewable Natural Resources works with many state and local partners on a one-on-one basis who are interested in increasing their voice in natural resources management and the ways in which stakeholders can become engaged in problem solving, “ Hays said. “Every year, we look for ways to help share information, help create an engaged, active and knowledgeable citizenry, and elevate the role of science in daily lives. These workshops will transfer some of that information learned to local partners and their constituents.”

For more information about the event, contact Hays at 254-865-2061 or ahays@ag.tamu.edu.

For questions about registration or payment, contact agriliferegister@tamu.edu or 979-845-2604.

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