|Knowledge Area BEPs|
Whatever the circumstance, the educator or water resource professional must: analyze the situation; determine the "teachable moment"; and bring whatever communication and teaching skills he or she has to bear on the situation. Human progress is the goal. A tall order! A great idea is not enough to ensure a great program. Enthusiasm and concern must be accompanied by leadership and legwork. Taking an organized approach ensures that you have thought about what you are trying to do and how you will get there. It also provides an opportunity to look at what resources the community already has available, what it needs and what the audience wants and needs. Involving the target audience and other stakeholders in the process can help empower and invigorate community leaders, resource managers, young people, and others who are concerned but do not know how to proceed. Planning also helps ensure that you use human and financial resources wisely and efficiently (Andrews, 1995).
Elements which are addressed as part of outreach planning include:
Andrews, E., E. Farrell, J. Heimlich, R. Ponzio, K. Warren. 1995. Educating Young People About Water - A Guide to Program Planning and Evaluation. ERIC/CSMEE, The Ohio State University or Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Environmental Resources Center, http://www.uwex.edu/erc/eypaw.
Seng, P. & S. Rushton. 2003. Best Practices Workbook for Boating, Fishing, and Aquatic Resources Stewardship Education. Alexandria, VA: Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, www.rbff.org.
Simmons, B. & E. McCrea. 2004. Nonformal Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence. Washington, D.C.: North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), http://naaee.org/npeee/nonformal.php.
Sork, T. J, editor. 1991. Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned: Overcoming Obstacles to Successful Program Planning. In New Directions For Adult And Continuing Education, No. 49, Spring 1991. R. Brockett and A. Knox, editors. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc.
Tetra Tech, Inc. 2001. Getting In Step, A Guide for Conducting Watershed Campaigns. U.S. EPA, National Service Center for Environmental Publications, http://www.epa.gov/ncepihom.