September 6, 2012
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) is proud to support The Climate Academy, a new online course about climate science and adaptation that is designed for state and federal natural resources managers and conservation professionals. The Climate Academy was developed through a partnership with staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center; The Wildlife Society (TWS); AFWA; AFWA’s Management Assistance Team; the National Park Service; and the California Department of Fish and Game.
The ten-month course beginning on Oct.1, 2012 through July 30, 2013 will cover the fundamentals of climate science, provide tools and resources for climate adaptation and increase climate literacy through online lectures, webinars and discussions. Participants will learn how to explain the scientific basis of climate changes; understand the biological impacts of climate change; and effectively communicate climate change impacts to peers and the public. Participants also will have the option of developing a final product, such as a report or presentation, addressing climate change in their management of natural resources.
“The Climate Academy is a unique opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of climate change and how to incorporate climate change information into natural resource management,” said Dr. Arpita Choudhury, AFWA’s Science and Research Liaison. “The course works on a web-based platform that allows flexibility for busy schedules, but also encourages engagement between the enrollees as well as the speakers to help nurture a community of practitioners.”
The Climate Academy will offer one course session per month taught by a different climate change expert. There is no tuition or registration fee for this pilot course and participants can receive Continuing Education Credits through TWS.
To view the official course announcement, a draft syllabus and registration options/instructions, visit http://nctc.fws.gov/courses/climatechange/climateacademy/home.html. Registration is currently open until October 1 for course participants and drop-in participants.
To register, go to gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/requestaccount.geo
It is essential to add the course name “Climate Academy” in the “Add Reason” box. If you do not, your request will be delayed and possibly denied.
To drop in to any of the course webinars, but not receive full credit for the course, register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G9BGFQD and join the mailing list for webinar announcements. As there is limited space for drop ins, early sign-up is encouraged.
Further inquires about The Climate Academy may be directed to Danielle LaRock, NCTC Course Leader at email@example.com.
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