Conservation Education

Conservation Education

We provide outdoor enthusiasts knowledge and tools to help protect our public lands and the outdoor experience.

As a more than 117-year-old outdoor education organization, we know knowledge is the foundation of a recreationist's love for public lands. Our conservation education creates backcountry stewards and conservation champions. Our conservation education resources span a range of mediums including books, films, and hands-on instruction. By educating recreationists about conservation, we can build a community of stewards and advocates to protect public lands and the outdoor experience for future generations.

Advocacy 101

Conor and RyAnn at NCL Lobby Day_1.jpgOur newest conservation eLearning course, Advocacy 101, will help you go from outdoor enthusiast to an outdoor advocate. Through this dedicated advocacy training tool, you’ll learn the basics of advocacy and best practices for advocating for important conservation and recreation initiatives with lawmakers and land managers. Sign up to take the course to build your advocacy skills and earn the Advocacy 101 badge for your Mountaineers profile.

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m3_bASE.jpegOur Public Lands 101 eLearning course is a great way to learn about federal public lands. It takes about 60 minutes to complete and can be done at your own pace. You'll learn about how these different types of lands are managed and how federal public lands agencies operate. You'll also hear about bedrock conservation laws that protect these landscapes and conservation designations that protect these federal public lands. Take Public Lands 101 before you get ready to become an outdoor advocate by diving into Advocacy 101. Become a knowledgeable of public lands  and earn the public lands conservation 101 badge today.


low IMPACT recreation skills

84056b67-ebb4-4936-a576-5dd97dfe9e45.jpegAs outdoor leaders, we work to develop and share resources that teach low impact recreation skills. We created the Be An Outdoor Ambassador video series as an educational resource our member and the greater outdoor community. Watch these videos for a great baseline on how to be a responsible recreationists, and take our Low Impact Recreation Skills eLearning course at your own pace and earn this  badge  for your  Mountaineers profile.

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CONSERVATION BLOG And e-newsletter

20170826-IMG_9327-Chiwawa Mountain (2).jpgOur conservation blog is a great way to stay up-to-date on current  issues. Learn about matters affecting our outdoor recreation community and how you can get involved. Get started by learning the basics of conservation and advocacy with our Conservation 101 blog series. Want to receive these updates via email? Sign up for our monthly Conservation Currents newsletter. 

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012 smartmccord.jpgThrough our publishing division Mountaineers Books, we've published nearly a thousand books, including guidebooks, how-to books, conservation titles, and adventure narratives. Read our guide and how-to books to learn about responsible recreation habits and leave-no-trace skills. Explore the stories from our conservation imprint Braided River to learn about some of our last wild landscapes under threat, and how changing perspectives can begin with a book

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Conservation Events and Webinars

50th_wilderness_act_Photo by Richard Lawrence_300X300.jpg We educate our community about conservation issues through virtual and in-person events. Past events include a 2014 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act (shown) and our 2022 Virtual Conservation & Advocacy Town Hall. Our branch conservation and stewardship committees regularly offer both online and in-person events as well.

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