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Special Topics Courses
Are you a citizen scientist, environmental educator, biologist, or some other type
of natural resource volunteer or professional? Do you participate in local conservation
planning? Are you simply interested in learning more about the science and techniques
of wildlife conservation? Then an FMNP Special Topics course might be right for
Special Topics courses are designed to provide more detailed information and hands-on
skills in subject areas that compliment FMNP Core Modules and are suitable for professionals
and nonprofessionals alike. There are 4 different Special Topics courses available,
each designed as 3, 1-day workshops that provide approximately 24 educational contact
hours, approximately half of which will be dedicated to experiential learning.
Special Topics courses are open to everyone (18+ yr.). You do not need to be an
FMNP graduate to participate. Contact an FMNP
instructor near you or view the the
Current Course Schedule to find out about courses in your area.
Conservation Science will help participants understand the complexities, challenges,
and potential for conservation science to protect species and ecosystems and promote
sustainable use of natural resources. The 3 workshops cover what biodiversity is
and why it is important, the value of healthy ecosystems and current and future
threats to ecosystem integrity, and conservation strategies for sustainable ecosystems.
Environmental Interpretation explores the fundamental principles of interpretation
that include workshops on providing interpretive presentations, guided interpretive
experiences, and interpretive displays. Key concepts such as developing themes,
subthemes and transitions, managing groups, and engaging diverse audiences will
help participants become better verbal communicators. Practical exercises in presentations,
guided programs and developing interpretive displays provide an opportunity to develop
and practice new skills.
Habitat Evaluation will give participants a better understanding of the concepts
and techniques used for assessing the quality of wildlife habitat at landscape and
local scales, and how water quality is measured and evaluated. Students will learn
and practice various types of habitat assessment methods used to evaluate habitat
quality for wildlife.
Wildlife Monitoring covers the why and the how of surveying and monitoring wildlife
populations. Students will learn different approaches, strategies, and methods used
to monitor mammals, birds, and herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles), and the role
these activities play in conserving and managing wildlife populations.
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