Education and Outreach Committee

A Brief History of the Education and Outreach Committee

This standing committee was created in 2018 to provide greater consistency among education and outreach messaging in the west and assist on any WRP-related outreach documents. The committee serves as a reference group for other committees, workgroups and the Executive Committee. They are available for feedback on education and outreach ideas from western partners.

The Education and Outreach Committee is chaired by Monica McGarrity of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Goals of the Education and Outreach Committee
  • Identify ANS outreach and education needs
  • Provide WRP resources on existing and new outreach products from western states
  • Serve as a sounding board for any WRP member that is creating new outreach/education products
  • Make recommendations to the Executive Committee for consistent imaging messaging and imaging/branding for WRP documents

Request for Proposals – Assessing Aquatic Nuisance Species Outreach Campaign Effectiveness for Behavior Change

The Invasive Species Action Network (ISAN), in collaboration with the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Education and Outreach Committee, is seeking proposals for a research assessment of the effectiveness of western states’ ANS outreach campaign messaging and delivery methods for eliciting prevention behavior change. This project addresses a priority need identified in the Quagga Zebra Mussel Action Plan and will provide insights and recommendations to aid in enhancing ANS outreach efforts to maximize effectiveness at a west-wide scale. The funding period will be approximately one year with maximum funding available under this grant offering in the amount of $80,000. Proposal packages and questions should be submitted to Monica McGarrity, committee chair, at monica.mcgarrity@tpwd.texas.govProposal submission deadline is March 31, 2021. Grant award contracts will be issued by ISAN. For more information, see the Request for Proposals and additional documents below:

Education and Outreach Resources

The WRP is a subcommittee of the federal aquatic nuisance species task force: