Getting support from your community for your conservation projects is key to success. You can build local support by providing education and outreach about wildlife. Starting your outreach early in the process and using a variety of communication outlets will encourage community members to take an active role in taking action for wildlife. Review Community Stories to learn about some successful outreach events conducted by other communities.
1. Involve Community Members
- To engage local residents, provide opportunities for them to give input to your projects. This helps to build support for future actions to conserve wildlife.
- Try the Wildlife Sightings Map Activity activity to engage the public in wildlife.
2. Organize community events
- Invite speakers to present workshops on wildlife topics, land conservation options, etc. For example, the Speaking for Wildlife Program
- Host outdoor events on conserved or town-owned properties in town. Read about Andover's Outreach Program and Campton's Frozen Bog Walk to see how they did it. Use this opportunity to discuss management practices for wildlife habitat, or to visit specific habitats.
3. Use multiple communication outlets to publicize events and send information
- Articles on the town website, in online/paper newsletters, press releases, email, Facebook, etc.
- Post notices of events in public places e.g town office, library, school, post office, local stores and the local dump/transfer station.
4. Engage the entire community
- Hold presentations in the public library and other community gathering places.
- Co-host events with other town groups/committees/boards
- Involve school teachers and students, holding presentations in local schools.