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Wednesday, January 31 • 10:20am - 10:40am
GENERAL FISHERIES & WILDLIFE: The Wisconsin Lake Leaders Institute: Building Future Lake Champions Through Education and Engagement

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AUTHORS. Patrick Goggin, Eric Olson, Kim Becken - Wisconsin Lakes Partnership/UW-Extension Lakes, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

ABSTRACT. In 1998, Wisconsin began a program called the Lake Leaders Institute intended to proactively develop a pool of committed and prepared leaders who could assume leadership roles in policy development, citizen advocacy, county-wide lake associations, municipal government, and officer positions in 900+ individual lake organizations throughout the state. Wisconsin Lake Leaders Institute is designed to assist in developing and enhancing both technical and people skills of citizen leaders. The Institute also seeks to develop networks to share experiences and to encourage participants to learn from each other. Since its genesis, eleven different crews and some 230+ individuals have graduated from the Institute. There are three focused seminars that are used as the foundation of the training.  Each session lasts for two days and they are typically held between May and October at retreat type centers in lake-rich areas around the state. Instructors use each session to take field trips, enjoy lake and aquatic environments, exchange ideas and network with each other and presenters, and time for developing friendships and ‘go-to’ colleagues for future lake work. The core curriculum is delivered every other year. The Institute seminars are designed to stretch the minds of people. We explore new ideas about lakes and the management of human use of lakes.  Along the way we have fun too.  This session will share the story of Lake Leaders in Wisconsin, reviewing lessons learned for effectively engaging lake citizens to take on larger leadership roles in their communities.  

Wednesday January 31, 2018 10:20am - 10:40am CST
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