Education and Training

The Landscape Conservation Initiative (LCI) designs, implements, and supports experiential learning opportunities that blend traditional classroom methods with authentic field-based experiences to create a more engaged and informed conservation management and stewardship base. The majority of LCI’s educational efforts supplement and enrich existing programs at Northern Arizona University, through authentic research projects on conservation-relevant issues, hands-on field experiences in working landscapes, and the examination of real-world case studies using data collected by LCI scientists. We also facilitate discussions and service-learning projects that encourage the interaction of conservation stakeholders, research scientists, public land managers, and curious students.

Our on-going educational programs include the following:

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    Grand Canyon Semester

    The Grand Canyon Semester investigates the role of water in shaping the landscape, cultures, and politics of the Grand Canyon region.  Students learn to appreciate the complex relationship that humans have with the environment and develop a sense of place on the Colorado Plateau. This 16-week field- and classroom-based semester course is offered every other fall and is jointly hosted by the National Collegiate Honors Council and Northern Arizona University.


    Doris Duke Conservation Scholars

    The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars at Northern Arizona University (DDCSP@NAU) program teaches science, communication and leadership to students who are committed to making a significant contribution to land, water, and wildlife conservation, and will open opportunities to currently underrepresented individuals interested in the conservation profession

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    Wyss Scholars

    The Wyss Scholars Program at NAU supports emerging leaders who are pursuing careers in the field of conservation in the American West. The program provides scholarship assistance, a stipend for summer internship experience, and post-graduation awards for conservationists earning master's degrees.

Our on-going professional courses include the following:

  • Tools for Evaluating Populations and Habitats

    Tools for Evaluating Populations and Habitats is a new short course that is specifically tailored for mid-career professionals within federal and state natural resource agencies. The course provides hands-on experiences with using analytical tools for managing and monitoring wildlife populations, specifically occupancy modeling and landscape genetics. The course consists of two introductory webinars, a 4-hour online segment, and 4 days at Northern Arizona University. The webinars introduce management and monitoring situations that could benefit from the use of occupancy modeling and landscape genetics. Subsequent online learning enables participants to understand the underlying concepts of the tools in a self-paced, interactive environment. The session in Flagstaff is scheduled for Oct-Nov, 2014, and will focus on each of the tools through a combination of presentations, discussion groups, and hands-on computer exercises.

  • Field and Laboratory Infrared Spectroscopy Workshop

    LCI's Field and Laboratory Infrared Spectroscopy Workshop provides participants with hands-on experience and the necessary skills for acquiring and analyzing high-resolution field spectrometer data. The ASD Inc. spectrometer is a primary instrument for remote sensing, geology, chemical constituencies' analysis, soil science, forestry, ecology, toxicology, and many other environmental fields. Participants will learn basic principles and techniques for calibrating and using ASD Inc. field spectrometer equipment and software for both field and laboratory applications. We will touch on spectral data integration and analyses for remote sensing and environmental monitoring that have proven beneficial to graduates student projects and other research.