Improve Your Volunteer Stewardship Toolbox

Managing volunteers to achieve high quality trail stewardship work for land managers is not easy. Learn from three organizations about the tools and resources available to you that will help you start, expand or enhance your outdoor stewardship volunteer program, achieving your goals, and providing exceptional service to land managers.

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May 30, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


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Webinar Outline

Including volunteers as part of a well-planned and managed recreational trail project is increasingly viewed as providing numerous significant benefits. Yet effectively engaging and managing volunteers is challenging. Learn from three organizations as they share information about resources and tools available to develop your own volunteer stewardship capacity or more effectively partner with others.

Anna Zawisza from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) will share information from VOC's recently launched online Toolkit based on 35 years of proven experience in managing volunteers for achieving high quality stewardship work for land managers. Anna will provide tangible examples of how VOC is working with partners across Colorado to build their capacity for outdoor stewardship.

Anthony Duncan from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will provide a high-level look at the tools and resources available with IMBA that benefit volunteer organizations and their partners. IMBA's educational materials span a variety of topics. Not only does IMBA provide expert assistance with trails, but organizational capacity is an important part of the organization's mission. Competent and educated advocacy organizations are crucial to trail projects and their volunteers play an important role in land managers' recreational trail management goals.

Malin Clyde manages Nature Groupie, an initiative fostering a culture of stewardship in New England that is based at the University of New Hampshire Extension. She will focus on three areas that relate to trails stewardship: sharing Nature Groupie's experience launching a Stewardship Trail Library that provides free loans of stewardship tools such as weed wrenches, volunteer workday supplies, and trails tools; providing insight into the unique aspects of collaborating on trails projects with private land trusts and small towns; and thirdly sharing lessons learned for how to welcome new volunteers to stewardship and trail work: what works, potential pitfalls, and free resources.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will learn about the programs and educational offerings from VOC, IMBA and Nature Groupie as well as how to take advantage of the resources available.
  • Attendees will learn how to improve their own volunteer programs.
  • Attendees will learn how to partner with others to more effectively accomplish stewardship goals.


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Anna Zawisza, Director of Community Relations & Strategic Partnerships, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)

Anna Zawisza serves as the Director of Community Outreach and Strategic Partnerships at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Prior to joining VOC in 2015, Anna spent seven years at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, the last two as their Executive Director. Throughout her career, Anna has worked to further sustainability through climate change mitigation initiatives, making higher education possible for low income students, and engaging in the community to further environmental stewardship and human services. When she’s not working, she spends most of her time in the outdoors.


Anthony Duncan, IMBA Local Program Manager, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)

Raised in a small town in the Southern Appalachian mountains of Virginia, and now based in Tennessee, Anthony grew up with an appreciation of the outdoors and the adventures it provides. Anthony came to IMBA in 2014 after an eight-year career in marketing and PR as a graphics project manager and a former president of SORBA Tri-Cities, an IMBA/SORBA chapter straddling the Tennessee/Virginia border. Anthony runs the Local Program at IMBA, designed to assist mountain biking advocacy organizations with administrative tools and resources that help promote mountain biking and build capacity.


Malin Ely Clyde, Extension Specialist in Natural Resources and Project Manager, Nature Groupie UNH Cooperative Extension

Malin Clyde has been training and leading environmental volunteers for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension since 2000. In 2012 she launched Nature Groupie, a regional initiative to foster a culture of stewardship in New England. Focused on mobilizing volunteers in both environmental stewardship and citizen science research, Nature Groupie connects thousands of new volunteers each year to volunteer experiences hosted by over 250 conservation partners across New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. Nature Groupie promotes caring for and studying the environment through a weekly volunteer bulletin, quarterly partner newsletters, social media channels and volunteer training materials and workshops. Malin is passionate about connecting new people to the outdoors through volunteer action in forests, fields, waterways, coasts, and our own backyards. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MS from the University of Washington College of Environmental and Forest Sciences.


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