Human Dimensions Foundations of Natural Resource Conservation - CLM8226

Course Description


The goal of this course is to foster a common understanding and application of human dimensions of natural resource conservation. It provides an overview of key concepts, methods and practical applications, and “must have” tools for the natural resource professional. The course is based on a human dimensions framework and relies heavily on case study applications, including experiences of the participants, to demonstrate the benefits of addressing human dimensions of conservation challenges. The course is offered through Colorado State University’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, in partnership with NCTC and the NWRS Human Dimensions Branch.

NOTE: Course participants may be interested in the Pathways Conference immediately following the class. For more information, go to DOI employees, official conference approval is required.




Course Objectives

After completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Provide a working definition of human dimensions, including key disciplines of the field.
  • Identify the overall need for human dimensions approaches and how they can be effectively integrated into management planning and decision making.
  • Describe key human dimensions application areas such as human-wildlife conflict, public participation, behavior change and strategic communications.
  • List some of the tools, methods and concepts used to address these application areas and know where to find human dimensions resources.
  • Describe, through example, how human dimensions has been useful in addressing specific management challenges.
  • Frame their own conservation challenges more broadly to include the human dimensions elements and begin to address important human dimensions needs in their conservation work.

Course Logistics


September 15-17, 2017 (Thursday - Sunday)


YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado

Who Should Attend:

Natural resource practitioners and decision makers who deal with peoplerelated conservation challenges. This includes mid- to upper-level managers, field biologists, education and outreach specialists, visitor services staff and outdoor recreation planners.


3 days

College Credit:

1 semester hour


Tuition for FWS, NPS, and BLM is prepaid. For participants from other agencies and organizations, there is a tuition charge of $570.00.

To Register:

Register online via DOILearn, the Department of the Interior’s Learning Management System.


Course is offered once per year.


For registration questions:
Jill Del Vecchio, 304-876-7424

For course content questions:
Julie Study, 304-876-7651

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