ALC3195 - Climate-Smart Conservation

Course CodeALC3195
Course TitleClimate-Smart Conservation

This course is based on a forthcoming guide to the principles and practice of Climate-Smart Conservation. This publication is the product of an expert workgroup on climate change adaptation convened by the National Wildlife Federation in collaboration with the FWS’s National Conservation Training Center and other partners. 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.


  • 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

Target Audience:
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.

Delivery MethodInstructor Led
Instructional Hours24
Primary ContactJILL_DELVECCHIO@FWS.GOV; Phone: 304-876-7424; Email:;
Secondary ContactCHRISTY_COGHLAN@FWS.GOV; Phone: 304.876.7438; Email:;
Extracted from DOI LEARN on4/19/2014 4:03:56 AM

Schedule:  ALC3195 - Climate-Smart Conservation

StartEndSession InformationLocationNotesRegister
05/19/2014 05/21/2014 Enrollments made from a wait list, disregard number of seats available or class-is-full notices.
Class runs 8:00am to 5:00pm daily.
**Tuition is waived for this class session**
Tucson, AZ   Register
07/08/2014 07/10/2014 Class runs 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.
Class enrolled from wait list, disregard number of available seats.
National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)   Register
09/09/2014 09/11/2014 Class times: 8:00am to 5:00pm daily.
***This is a special class session***
***See session description for details.***
Fort Collins, CO   Register