Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+, Orientation Required
Stewardship by Design Workshop
Join us for a fun and interactive three hour workshop to co-create ideas for solving environmental challenges in our state parks. Our DCR partners will be leading the session using design thinking*, a simple and highly effective problem solving approach used throughout the world by professional design teams. The ideas that we generate will be used to guide decisions about opportunities for you to volunteer in a state park. (The volunteer portion of this program will be scheduled at later dates, and is optional). Participating DCR Parks include: Constitution Beach and Belle Isle Marsh Reservation (East Boston), Revere and Winthrop Beaches.
Examples of Environmental challenges in our state parks we will be addressing include:
1) Litter enters the ocean where it harms marine life and may negatively affect the safety and availability of seafood and even human health.
2) People not picking up after their dogs may pose a threat to human health especially to children.
3) Feeding gulls results in large numbers of them on the beach where they prey on nesting shorebirds and their young.
For more information contact Matthew Nash, DCR Visitor Services Supervisor at Matthew.Nash@mass.gov or 781-656-1485
*Design Thinking is a fun and interactive team process for solving problems and discovering new opportunities that focuses on understanding people and uncovering the core nature of the problem (Empathy), generating lots of possible ideas for a solution (Ideation), and creating and presenting a chosen solution in the form of a skit, drawing, diorama or crude device or tool to users for feedback from them before continuing (Proto-typing). Design thinking also involves a series of mindsets that include a focus on the people you are designing for and obtaining feedback from those users (Focus on Humans), doing (Biased Toward Action), experimentation that fails fast and cheaply (Rapid Proto-typing), communicating in impactful and meaningful ways using visuals and stories (Show Don’t Tell) and which capitalizes on the strengths of diverse teams (Radical Collaboration).
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