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Subject: Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation

Stop writing conservation plans that have low buy-in and become obsolete after a few years. Learn how to create a unified vision and a strategic, adaptable plan for addressing the greatest threats to natural resources at your project site—even if team members don’t always see eye to eye!

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Join us for this highly interactive course that explores the philosophy, core principles, and systematic steps of the 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 will not only improve your impact as a 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 - you’ll have new friends, colleagues, and future collaborators.

PREREQUISITE: Understanding of the basic principles of conservation biology.

SOFTWARE: Students will need to register for free accounts with Mural.co.

FORMAT: This is a live, hands-on, experiential learning course where you work for 3.5 consecutive weeks in teams with minimal lectures. Homework will entail watching 20-30 minutes of instructional videos prior to each class. We will meet for 3 hours per day. Each day, instructors will lead small breakout teams in applying new Conservation Standards concepts and 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. By the end of the course, each team will have developed the core elements of a conservation action plan.

INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Quinn Shurtliff and associates

MEETING DATES: July 6, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26, 2023

TIMES: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., EST

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.centerforwildlifestudies.org/courses-1/open-standards-online-2023

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Monday, March 20, 2023