The fundamentals of Wilderness Stewardship 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 his/her 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. The mentors guide the students through the series of courses, assist in the selection of wilderness study sites, provide feedback and grade 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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The course schedule is generally self-paced and is determined jointly by the student and mentor after registration. The student’s enrollment expires after nine months, and the five written assignments have recommended completion dates to keep the student on track.
- 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:
- Five self-paced, self-study e-courses
- Companion assignments, which allow you to apply what you have learned in the courses and are reviewed by course instructors, with substantive feedback provided
- A Virtual Classroom site for storage of work and feedback
- 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
The certificate will be most beneficial for wilderness professionals and others interested in advancing their career potential in wilderness management and preparing themselves for more effective wilderness stewardship.