Conservation & Hunting in America Online

Conservation & Hunting in America (CHA) is an online distance learning course for agency professionals to explore the conservation theories, policy, and practices that apply to hunting and the sustainable uses of wildlife in North America.

Duration: 16 contact hours spread over 2 weeks.

Delivery Mechanism: Online hybrid of self-directed digital learning supported by live discussion sessions.

Description: A ready to use distance learning course for agency professionals to explore the conservation theories, policy, and practices that apply to hunting and the sustainable uses of wildlife in North America.

Background: The curriculum grew from the highly successful Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow (CLfT) workshops with content being delivered by over 30 experts from the natural resource profession. The course is comprised of 16 contact hours of total learning, divided into 11 hours of self-directed digital learning interspersed with 5 facilitated engagement sessions (60 min each) for live discussions.  Each group will have a trained CLfT staff moderator and host 1 or 2 guest experts to help answer questions about the material covered during each live discussion.

Delivery: Class sizes are kept small and maintain the same 8-10 participants throughout to ensure meaningful conversation and the opportunity for every participant to ask questions and reflect on how the topics apply to their professional responsibilities.  To ensure that every participant can get their questions answered, each group will also have an integrated question and answer board, allowing questions to be sent to CLfT staff at any time while participants explore the digital content,

Schedule: Each class is conducted over a 14-day period with zoom discussions scheduled twice a week at predetermined times.  Session one begins February 22nd and concludes March 8th.

Expectations: Learners are expected to have access to the internet, computer with a camera, and zoom in order to complete the course.  It is expected that the total experience will require about 90-120 minutes per day on average, spread over 11 continuous working days.

Costs: The per participant cost is $1,250 per person and available to natural resource agency professionals.


Content Summary


                                       Course Introduction and review of expectations

Chapter 1                      Motivations & Demographics of Hunters in the United States

 

Chapter 2                    Hunting in Wildlife Management and Conservation

                                                Part 1 - Public Trust and the North American Model, then and now

                                                Part 2 - Career Relevancy of the “user pay – public benefit” System

 

Chapter 3                    Hunter Safety & Education, Awareness, and Agency Responsibility

                                                Part 1 – Agency Responsibility in Hunter Education Distribution

                                                Part 2 – Firearms and Archery Demonstrations Explained

 

Chapter 4                    Methods of Take 

 

Chapter 5                    Wildlife Laws, Regulations, and Enforcement

 

Chapter 6                    Biological Basis and Science of Harvesting Wildlife

 

Chapter 7                    Hunter Responsibility and Ethics in Modern Society

 

Chapter 8                    The Role of Hunting and Hunters in Society

 

Chapter 9                    Types of Hunting

                                                Part 1 – Specific Types of Hunting

                                                Part 2 – Dogs and Hunting

                                                Part 3 – Effective Pathways into Hunting

 

Chapter 10                  A Hunt - Before, During, and After

 

Chapter 11                  Wild Game as Food

 

Chapter 12                  Gear, Terminology, and Methods of Trapping and Angling

 

Chapter 13                  Contemporary Management Issues & Challenges

 

Chapter 14                  Effective Communication Skills and Impacts to Leadership

                                     Closing Remarks and Exit Survey

 

Discussion Sessions    Five, 1-hour, small group discussions to explore content

Discussion Board        A tool to post and share questions to content experts in real-time