Climate Academy 2019 registration is now open

By Jamila Blake

Atlantic puffins, a species impacted by climate change, land in Gouldsboro, Maine. ©Rosie Walunas/USFWS

Registration for the 8-week online course, Climate Academy,  is open now through Sept. 14.

Climate Academy is offered through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) and is developed each year through the work of partner organizations — USFWS’ NCTC, The Wildlife Society, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, National Park Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center and America Adapts Climate Change podcast.

Climate Academy webinars will be held weekly starting on Jan. 9 and conclude on March 13. The goal of the program is to cover the fundamentals of climate science, provide tools and resources for climate adaptation and increase climate literacy and communication. Participants can expect to spend at least three hours per week completing readings and engaging in discussions and lectures. At the end of the course, each participant will develop a final project based on what they have learned and how they plan to integrate that knowledge into the work they do in the natural resource and conservation field.

Natural resource and conservation professionals are encouraged to attend this course — no previous climate knowledge is necessary. Climate Academy tuition is $200, though it is waived for USFWS and NPS employees. This course is suitable for both individual and group participation.

Participants may receive up to one semester hour of college credit upon request. This course has also been pre-approved for Continuing Education Units through TWS and can be listed on Certified Wildlife Biologist Renewal and/or Professional Development Certificate applications.

To enroll in Climate Academy, applicants must submit a registration request through DOI Learn. For U.S. Department of the Interior employees, please ensure that your supervisor approves your request in DOI Learn. For non-DOI employees that have not used this system before, you will need to create login information for DOI Learn and include “Climate Academy” in the Add Reason box.

For questions regarding registration please contact: Amanda Cucci at amanda_cucchi@fws.gov or 304-876-7442.

For questions regarding content please contact: Ashley Fortune Isham at Ashley_Fortune_Isham@fws.gov or 304-876-7361.

Jamila Blake is The Wildlife Society's Professional Development Coordinator.
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