This course explores the applied theories and professional skills required to develop meaningful conservation action. Working with a network of global conservation advocates and non-profit organizations, students collaborate to identify needs, design, and implement conservation campaigns. Students gain skills in community science, stakeholder engagement, conservation behavior change, and inclusion of place-based and cultural values. Throughout the term, diverse leaders in wildlife conservation and environmental education share their strategies, recommendations, and inspiration. This course occurs in Dragonfly‘s web-based learning community and is particularly suited for current or future professionals seeking leadership experience in the wildlife, non-profit, green-business, informal science, or education sectors.
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students in this course will:
- Evaluate and reflect on the key strategies and organizational characteristics of successful wildlife conservation and environmental education organizations.
- Collaborate to research, design, and implement a conservation campaign.
- Apply skills for community science, stakeholder engagement, conservation behavior change, and inclusion of place-based and cultural values.
- Engage in peer review to provide colleagues with personal insights, connections, and ideas for useful applications.