Outreach & Education
Golden Triangle is engaged in a variety of education and outreach programs across the 12 county area we serve.
Our educational programs are aimed to empower local communities and stakeholders to become equipped with important knowledge to effectively steward our region’s natural resources. Our workshops are designed to empower groups that include:
• Local government departments or individual landowners involved with managing regional infrastructure such as unpaved roads.
• Local schools and youth programs such as 4-H who learn through our natural resource education activities about how to steward
the water, air, and land of the places they call home.
• Individual citizens looking to improve their communities by cleaning up polluted waterways or by being involved in supporting the
habitat of a treasured animal species such as the gopher tortoise.
• Landowners interested in effectively stewarding their forestland to support native species and enhance the local ecological
Through these and other similar outreach and educational events, Golden Triangle serves as a vehicle for effective community education programs that improve quality of life for all citizens. A list of recent programs is below.
Better Back Roads
The Golden Triangle RC&D Council presents an Unpaved Roads Stabilization Workshop annually. The topics covered in the workshop included Road Stream Crossing Issues, Methods for Unpaved Road Maintenance and Stabilization, and an introduction to the Better Back Roads Guidebook.
Participants receive a copy of the Better Back Roads Guidebook as well as copies from the slide presentation.
The guest speaker is Chris Metcalf with US Fish and Wildlife Service. The workshop is open to all of the counties represented in the Golden Triangle service area.
The funding for the workshop is provided in part by 319(h) funding and the Golden Triangle RC&D Council.
The Golden Triangle RC&D was invited to the Miller County Elementary School to present a program on Watersheds. Around eighty 4th graders participated in a hands-on, interactive, learning experience that included building a clay watershed. The purpose of the lesson was to help learners understand the importance of watersheds and ways in which water pollution occurs. The meaning and importance of several terms were introduced and discussed with the group.
The children were divided into groups by their teachers, while Rhonda and Julie worked with each group to construct their model. Once the models were complete, each group was given colored water that represented different pollutants that are usually found in our watersheds. The children were able to see first hand how the water drained over the topography of the land and how the pollutants entered the watershed
Hidden Gem Paddle
(Left to Right)
Golden Triangle RC&D Executive Director Rhonda Gordon,
State Representative Gerald Greene and Golden Triangle RC&D Board
Member Jack Hufstetler discuss workshops and educational opportunities