Chronic Wasting Disease Ambassadors is a collaborative education program between the Iowa DNR and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach that seeks to help Iowans address the challenge of Chronic Wasting Disease. The goal of the program is to develop a small, connected, and well-educated network of local leaders to effectively communicate about the management and mitigation of CWD.
Graduates of the three-week training program become “ambassadors” for the science-based management of CWD. Ambassadors are knowledgeable in the management, prevention, and testing for the disease and equipped with communication skills and resources to help educate others within their community. Participants can include hunters and non-hunters, community members, and anyone interested in white-tailed deer conservation and management.
Learning is achieved through in-person instructions, demonstration, and networking and short online lessons between class sessions that allow ambassadors to learn at their own pace. The program covers everything from the basics of CWD ecology to the science of science communication. The program comprises about eight hours of learning and networking with ISU and DNR educators and other concerned community members.
Enrolling in a course
Our next public offering of the course will be in Woodbury County at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center on March 12th, 19th, and 16th from 6-9 pm. If you are interested in enrolling, please use this link.
If you are interested in enrolling in a course in a different location, please contact Adam Janke at email@example.com. We are actively looking for small groups (12-25 people) to offer the training with, so if you have such a group or could assemble it, we are interested in working with you.