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Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP)

Teaching resources and activities are available through NCEP, a project of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation of the American Museum of Natural History, faculty members and institutions in the U.S. and abroad. On the NCEP website, you can download and use a series of teaching modules on topics related to biodiversity conservation. These modules are free to users, and are designed to encourage student-active and engaged approaches to the material.

On the website you can also browse the list of available modules or do a search to find specific modules and case studies. NOTE: Many of the existing topics are also available in Spanish and French. Registration and downloading are free and are open to the public; module Presentation Notes and Exercise Solutions are available to teachers and trainers upon request after registration by contacting NCEP.

Currently available modules include the core or base modules: “What is Biodiversity?”, “Why is Biodiversity Important?” and “Threats to Biodiversity: An Overview”. Other available modules include the following: Assessing Threats in Conservation Planning, Biodiversity Conservation and Integrated Conservation and Development Projects (ICDPs), Classroom Assessment Techniques, Ecosystem Loss and Fragmentation, Invasive Species, Marine Protected Areas and MPA Networks, Marine Reserves and Local Fisheries, Protected Areas and Biodiversity Conservation I: Reserve Planning and Design, Student-Active Teaching Techniques, Biodiversity and Forest Ecosystem Management, Environmental Justice, Nature Interpretation, Marine Conservation Biology, Marine Conservation Policy, The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change, and The Importance of Invertebrate Biodiversity. 

NCEP also publishes a journal, Lessons in Conservation (LinC), which features several module syntheses and exercises.