Fundamentals of Wilderness Stewardship Certificate - Cohort Based

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Explore the history, philosophy, and application of wilderness law and policy in the United States.
This course of study provides a comprehensive understanding of the basics of management in designated wilderness areas.


The current cohort is underway; To be placed on a mailing list for future course announcements, contact the instructor of record.


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The current cohort is underway; To be placed on a mailing list for future course announcements, contact the instructor of record.

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The fundamentals certificate comprises four online courses that explore the history, philosophy, and application of wilderness law, regulation and policy in the United States. Also included are in-depth, place-based assignments that build upon each other and the student’s growing understanding of their wilderness area of choice. These assignments are rigorous and robust.

A key component of this verified certificate program is the one-on-one mentoring provided by experts in the field of wilderness management. Each student’s mentor acts as a guide through the certificate course of study. Mentors provide feedback and grade students assignments.

This certificate is our premier offering in preparing and connecting wilderness managers for career movement in the field of wilderness stewardship. Successful learners leave this intensive training with key contacts in the wilderness profession as well as an endorsement from the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Society for Wilderness Stewardship.

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Course Schedule

The course of study begins October 1st and student work is completed by March 31st. During the six-months, students complete four e-courses and a series of five, field-based assignments. Students will also participate in a discussion forum and attend two webinars. Their journey is guided by an assigned expert mentor who is a seasoned wilderness professional.

Course Progression:

The Fundamentals of Wilderness Stewardship Certificate incorporates the following four online courses:

  • Course 1: The Wilderness Act of 1964
  • Course 2: Deciding to Keep Wilderness Wild: Four Cornerstones for Wilderness Managers
  • Course 3: Writing a Minimum Requirements Analysis
  • Course 4: Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework

The certificate program includes the following elements:

  • A virtual classroom site for navigating courses, managing assignments and feedback
  • Four self-paced, self-study e-courses
  • Companion assignments, which apply wilderness knowledge and technical skills
  • Individualized mentoring by expert wilderness professionals

Learn to

  • Identify and describe wilderness character
  • State prohibited uses of wilderness and exceptions to these prohibitions
  • Describe the ‘special provisions’ made by the Wilderness Act
  • Distinguish between untrammeled and natural conditions
  • Identify and describe how to protect wilderness character
  • Define and explain the concept of minimum requirements, and the process used for determining whether action is necessary, and the minimum activity used to achieve that action

Recommended Background

The certificate is intended for wilderness professionals and others working in federally managed settings who are interested in advancing their career potential in wilderness management and preparing themselves for more effective wilderness stewardship.

For more information on the Wilderness Stewardship Certificate Program, the program mentors, and curriculum, visit http://wscp.eppley.org/.

Contact the Instructor

Email the instructor at wilderness@eppley.org or by phone 812-856-3881.

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