The Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) program partners teens and adult community volunteers, and supports their conservation efforts by providing training during a 2-day field workshop and guidance as they conduct a local conservation project of their choosing. Teams of teen and adult participants are paired prior to the workshop. During the workshop, each team learns how they can apply innovative, user-friendly mapping and web technology to address local conservation issues through hands-on fieldwork. After the workshop, the team carries out a conservation project that addresses a local conservation issue in their hometown using their new toolset. The projects are developed by the team at the workshop and CTP instructors provide support to help the team along the way. Teams showcase their work in the form of a poster or video at an event in March of the following year.
CTP is a new program formed under the partnership of faculty from UConn's Department of Natural Resources & the Environment, Center for Land Use Education & Research (CLEAR), and Neag School of Education. CTP is an outgrowth of the NRCA Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP), now in its 6th year of training high school students in natural resources science and pairing them with local conservation organizations to conduct community projects. In a nutshell, CTP is designed to be a “mini-CAP,” extending our reach to more students and local partners, and jump-starting additional local conservation projects.
NRCA’s Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) program is an outgrowth of the NRCA’s Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP)—a program with six years of training high school students in natural resources science and pairing them with local conservation organizations to conduct projects that directly benefit communities and advance conservation strategies statewide. In a nutshell, NRCA’s CTP is designed to be a “mini-CAP,” with a 2-day conservation and geospatial technology workshop for high school students and adult conservation volunteers, followed by a local conservation project conducted by each teen and adult team. This model allows us to extend our reach not only to more students but also to more local partners, jump-starting additional conservation projects.
The CTP workshop is a 2-day immersive field experience that teaches participants about the practical approaches to conservation through the use of mapping technologies. At the workshop, teen and adult participants collaborate to create interactive maps using smartphone GPS applications and geo-referenced web data surveys that can be used for scientific field data collection. Participants practice using these mapping and web tools in the field during various conservation field activities. Time at the workshop is also spent developing and tailoring conservation projects to each team's interests and time availability. CTP workshops are held around the state each year, so find one near you!
As a team, teen and adult CTP participants will apply new knowledge and tools to address a local conservation project (projects may vary in duration and intensity). Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their work in the form of a poster or video at the Connecticut Land Conservation Conference or Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources. Select participant teams may be interviewed during multiple periods of the project by UConn Neag of School researchers to study the importance of intergenerational learning in informal STEM learning.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Laura Cisneros, CTP Program Coordinator