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Community Engagement


Carol Inman reviews the work done by the Nature Nurture center establishing relationships in the their community.

Carol Inman reviews the work done by the Nature Nurture center establishing relationships in the their community.

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  • Focus groups and forums held in libraries, DaVinci Science Center, a community center, a nature center, hotel conference room, church basement, and fire stations
  • Detailed summaries of the forums in each community are available on nurture nature center’s website. Report compiled by RMC.


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    • Hotel Easton in 1955 during Flood Diane
  • 4. The Eastonian, 2006
  • 5. The Eastonian, 2006
  • 6. The Nurture Nature Center Open Conversation and Involvement in Complex Issues Facing the Places People Live.
  • 7. FOCUS ON FLOODS Nurture Nature Foundation’s Flood Education Campaign in the Delaware River Basin
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    • Television and Radio PSAs
    • Website
    • Exhibits and displays
    • Professional and Classroom Materials
    • Professional Development Conference
    • Outreach
  • 9. Floods Happen. Lessen the Loss.
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  • 12. Public Outreach at Farmers Market and Boy Scout Jamboree
  • 13. What’s Your Number?
  • 14. Share Your Stories.
  • 15. Radio Show and Story Gathering
  • 16. Meetings with Emergency Managers
    • Over 140 emergency managers and municipal officials attended three flood warning users forums at locations throughout the basin, in partnership with Delaware River Basin Commission.
  • 17. Questions? Rachel Hogan Carr, Director of Environmental Outreach and Director of the Nurture Nature Center Kate Brandes, P.G., CFM, Scientist 610-253-4432 610-253-1486 fax [email_address] [email_address]
  • 18. Nurture Nature Foundation Flood Forum
  • 19. The Flood Forum Project
    • Funded by National Science Foundation
    • Hosted Fourteen Focus Groups and Forums in Three Municipalities
      • Lower Mount Bethel Township
      • City of Easton
      • City of Allentown
    • Audience
      • Teens
      • First Responders
      • At-Risk households
  • 20. Purpose of Forums
    • Provide broad science background on flooding
    • Present community flooding issue for discussion and recommendations
    • Collect feedback for decision makers
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  • 25. Community Project Recruitment
    • Flyers delivered door to door (both Spanish and English)
    • Email and connections with community leaders, schools, environmental groups, emergency managers and volunteers
    • Craig’s List
    • Follow-up phone calls for all registrants*
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  • 29. Decision Maker Recruitment
    • Personal Contacts with local leaders by email and phone
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  • 32. Key Findings (Action)
    • Participants expressed a strong desire to know more; 85% cited the scientists presentation as the most valuable component of the forums
    • 60% of participants wanted to share their new knowledge with friends
    • 84% sought additional information elsewhere
    • 95% wanted to get involved in community planning or attending municipal meetings related to flooding
  • 33. For more information about the flood forums, see: