Human Dimensions Foundations of Natural Resource Conservation


Offered annually, this course will foster a common understanding and application of human dimensions of natural resource conservation. It will provide an overview of key concepts, methods, and practical applications; historical context and 'must have' tools for the natural resource professional's toolbox. 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 the human dimensions of conservation challenges.

Course Objectives:

After completion of this training, with the use of the training references and resources, 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 and methods used to address these application areas and know where to find human dimensions resources
  • Frame conservation problems more broadly to include the human dimensions elements
  • Describe, through example, how human dimensions has been useful in addressing specific management challenges

Target Audience:

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




Register through the National Conservation Training Center registration page.