Climate-Smart Conservation

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 11:00 to Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 19:00

This free course is based on a new guide to the principles and practice of Climate-Smart Conservation by the National Wildlife Federation.

The course is designed to demystify climate adaptation for application to on-the-ground conservation. It will provide guidance in how to carry out adaptation with intentionality, how to manage for change and not just persistence, how to craft climate-informed conservation goals, and how to integrate adaptation into on-going work. Conservation practitioners and natural resource managers will learn to become savvy consumers of climate information, tools, and models.


At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Design adaptation planning processes that are relevant at multiple scales (e.g., place-based to large landscape level)
  • Evaluate conservation goals from a climate change perspective, and align adaptation strategies with climate-informed goals
  • Explain how climate change vulnerability assessments, scenario planning, and downscaled climate models inform adaptation
  • Describe the process for identifying possible adaptation options based on vulnerability information and other management considerations
  • Integrate climate adaptation into existing planning and decision making processes and policies


Who Should Attend

The target audience includes conservation practitioners and natural resource managers working at multiple scales to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of their work in an era of climate change.

There is no tuition for this pilot course. 

To Register
Register online at using DOI Learn, the Department of the Interior’s Learning Management System.

This course will be offered multiple times per year by various hosts.

Course Development
This course was developed in partnership with staff from National Wildlife Federation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, EcoAdapt, Geos Institute, and PRBO Conservation Science.

If you have questions, please contact:
Marilyn Williams at 304-876-7940 or email
Christy Coghlan at 304-876-7438 or email

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