Conservation Impact Course

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Many people volunteer or join nature centers and other conservation organizations because they want to help support conservation. This course will give you a foundation from which you can plan to go further in a strategic and intentional way to address conservation issues that matter to you!

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About the Course

The University of Cincinnati has partnered with the Cincinnati Nature Center to offer a new 7-week conservation course, Impact! How to Accelerate Your Efforts in Conservation. You will hear from several conservation experts from a variety public and non-profit organizations, like Earthworks, Green Umbrella, Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability, and Ohio Environmental Council, as well as university professors from Virginia Tech and UC!

You’ll learn how conservation is as complex as nature itself, consisting of a rich tapestry of interpretation, environmental education, psychology, politics, science, technology, and economics. This primer is intended to evoke deeper thought and understanding of how and why your contributions matter. Along the way, you’ll be challenged to investigate environmental issues and assess your ability to contribute to their resolution, either as individuals or collectively.

Through lectures, readings, discussions and projects, you’ll gain context for how your contributions as a volunteer, member, intern, trustee, or staff person at a conservation organization fits into larger environmental goals. Discover ways to influence, not alienate. Learn what to do, and what NOT to do, when sharing your values, experiences, and knowledge about nature with others.



Class Details

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  • Next Session: June 1 - July 15, 2021
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3-5 pm, 7 weeks, 2 hours each session
  • 14 total contact hours (1.4 CEUs)
  • Live Online Instruction via Zoom
  • Required Text: Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing, 2011 by Doug McKenzie-Mohr (available on Amazon or order here
  • Upon successful completion of the course, you will recieve a certificate.

If you are a member of the Cincinnati Nature Center or a student currently enrolled in high school or college, you are entitled to a discount on this class. Register here.


About Your Instructor

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Connie O'Connor

Director of Education, Cincinnati Nature Center

Cincinnati Nature Center is a nonprofit nature education organization and community of people who enjoy and care about nature. The Nature Center offers something for people of all ages, in all seasons.