Natural resource and conversation professionals are tasked with understanding climate change impacts and using this knowledge in making decisions. This 8 week online course is designed to cover the fundamentals of climate science, provide an overview of tools and resources for climate adaptation, and increase climate literacy and communication skills. The course is designed to encourage networking among conservation professionals engaged in the management of fish, wildlife, habitat and cultural resources and provides participants an opportunity to interact with experts as they address case studies across multiple habitat types.
Beginning in January 2018, a webinar session with leading experts in these topics, will be held every week for 8 weeks, for a total of 8 sessions. There is a break the week of February 5th. Pre-webinar assignments, class resources and discussion forums will be accessed through Moodle, a distance learning platform (no special software required). Course participants will then develop a final product addressing climate change in their management of natural resources.
- At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Explain the scientific basis of climate change.
- Understand biological impacts of climate change.
- Understand the role of vulnerability assessments and select decision support tools.
- Identify principles and tools of adaptation planning and examples of adaptation action.
- Effectively communicate climate change impacts to co-workers, stakeholders and management.
- Demonstrate how climate change integrates into their work.
Webinars: Jan 10th 2018 - March 7th 2018
Break: week of February 5th
Wednesdays 1:30 -3:00 PM Eastern
Final project: due no later than March 23, 2018
An estimated 3hrs/week will be spent towards participation in in lectures, discussions, and to complete reading assignments. Additional time for the final project will vary.
Who Should Attend
Natural resource and conservation professionals. Course is suitable for individuals or group participation.
One semester hour is available on request.
CEUs are available through TWS.
Tuition is $200.00
There is no tuition for FWS or NPS.
Register online at: http://training.fws.gov
NOTE: Please disregard the number of available seats. You will be notified via email concerning your enrollment status.
Registration closes October 27, 2017
Course offered annually.
Contact for Registration Questions
Jill Del Vecchio at (304) 876-7424 or
Contact for Content Questions
Ashley Fortune at (304) 876-7438 or