Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (Online)

May 2021
Training Provider(s): 
Center for Wildlife Studies

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Join us for this highly interactive course that explores the philosophy, core principles, and systematic steps of the globally recognized Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (Conservation Standards). This is not your typical learn at your own pace virtual course, but instead this live course is built on experiential learning through professionally facilitated, team-based and hands-on application. We will work together on real-world case studies provided by fellow students to identify key and desired conservation and human well-being outcomes, develop ecological models, construct situation diagrams, incorporate empirical data, integrate monitoring and adaptive management, and develop effective action plans for our changing world. These skills not only improve our impact as conservation practitioners and planners, but also provide invaluable tools for developing grant applications, evaluating project plans, communicating with funders, and integrating stakeholders. You’ll come away from the class with more than just new skills - but with new friends, colleagues, and future collaborators.

PREREQUISITE: Understanding of the basic principles of conservation biology.

FORMAT: This is a live, hands-on, experiential learning course where you work in teams with minimal lectures and homework. Except for the first day which will last 2 hours, we will meet for 3 hours per day on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3 consecutive weeks. Instructors will introduce Conservation Standards concepts and tools each day, and then work with students in small breakout teams to apply these tools to case studies. At the end of each day, the breakout teams will convene in plenary to compare notes, discuss findings, and provide group feedback.

INSTRUCTORS: Drs. Andrew Bridges & Quinn Shurtliff

DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays; May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, & 20, 2021

TIMES: 9:00-12:00 EDT (13:00-16:00 UTC)