Event Title

Building Professional Competency of Conservation Practitioners in the USA and Internationally: Colorado State University’s Center for Protected Area Management

Location

Natural Resources Meeting Room

Event Website

http://uenr.warnercnr.colostate.edu/

Start Date

23-3-2012 2:30 PM

End Date

23-3-2012 3:00 PM

Description

Since its first forestry courses over a century ago, Colorado State University has long been recognized as a leading university training provider for conservation practitioners. The Center for Protected Area Management and Training (CPAMT) in the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU continues CSU’s long-standing legacy as a leading training provider of field staff for government and private sector conservation organizations in the USA and internationally. This paper highlights achievements of CPAMT over the past two decades, including its longstanding annual international short course on protected area management for Latin American conservationists, development of similar courses in many countries abroad, participation in a consortium with five other US universities, the US National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association that has developing a leadership certificate in public lands management for USNPS and other land managers, and development of an intensive training program for forest, wildlife and park managers from India. Use of novel approaches to learning are outlined, such as use of blended courses combining online and residential and classroom and field portions, creation of an online portal to create a permanent learning community for course graduates, and development of workshops and a training manual to boost the pedagogical skills of developing country conservation trainers. Elements of CSU’s approach, such as thorough evaluation during and after events, longitudinal studies of course graduates, partnerships with other universities and conservation agencies in course design and delivery, and development of a core of committed trainers and funders for our international work, are highlighted

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Citation: Barborak, JR, Wurz, J. 2012. Building Professional Competency of Conservation Practitioners in the USA and Internationally: Colorado State University’s Center for Protected Area Management. UENR 9th Biennial Conference. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/9thBiennial/Plenary/8/

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Building Professional Competency of Conservation Practitioners in the USA and Internationally: Colorado State University’s Center for Protected Area Management

Natural Resources Meeting Room

Since its first forestry courses over a century ago, Colorado State University has long been recognized as a leading university training provider for conservation practitioners. The Center for Protected Area Management and Training (CPAMT) in the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU continues CSU’s long-standing legacy as a leading training provider of field staff for government and private sector conservation organizations in the USA and internationally. This paper highlights achievements of CPAMT over the past two decades, including its longstanding annual international short course on protected area management for Latin American conservationists, development of similar courses in many countries abroad, participation in a consortium with five other US universities, the US National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association that has developing a leadership certificate in public lands management for USNPS and other land managers, and development of an intensive training program for forest, wildlife and park managers from India. Use of novel approaches to learning are outlined, such as use of blended courses combining online and residential and classroom and field portions, creation of an online portal to create a permanent learning community for course graduates, and development of workshops and a training manual to boost the pedagogical skills of developing country conservation trainers. Elements of CSU’s approach, such as thorough evaluation during and after events, longitudinal studies of course graduates, partnerships with other universities and conservation agencies in course design and delivery, and development of a core of committed trainers and funders for our international work, are highlighted

http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/9thBiennial/Plenary/8