This blended learning course which meets for two online webinars and a three day face-to-face class is designed to empower conservation professionals to assess, develop, and work with local youth service corps to engage 14-25 year olds in job training, conservation skills, and leadership opportunities through community wildlife habitat enhancement, restoration, or monitoring projects. During the course you will be introduced to effective ways to work with youth, promote conservation career awareness, develop diverse partnerships, and create urban and community wildlife habitats. Additionally, participants will actively engage in project planning for the host community and begin drafting a plan for their own community. Participants must attend all sessions (both webinars and the face-to-face class) to complete the course.
The National Conservation Training Center’s Division of Education and Outreach is piloting a competitive Implementation Grant Program for this, and other, select courses. USFWS participants, who successfully complete select courses and submit a plan to implement their course project, will be eligible to apply for monetary Implementation Grant. Grants will be awarded based upon criteria developed by the Course Leader as funding allows.
• Identify and prioritize potential youth service corps that can support wildlife habitat enhancement, restoration or monitoring projects.
• Select the appropriate tools to work with partners to establish, support and fund wildlife habitat enhancement, restoration or monitoring projects.
• Incorporate Strategic Habitat Conservation principles through urban and community wildlife habitat projects.
• Create project plans to cultivate conservation stewardship and career awareness in youth through authentic work experiences.
• Identify strategies to work with underrepresented and low participating youth in their own communities.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife and Coastal Program personnel, visitor services professionals, educators, outdoor recreational planners, landscape architects, or anyone whose resource management efforts would be enhanced or supported by education initiatives.