About the Conservation Training Partnerships

 

Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) is a new program formed under the partnership of faculty from UConn's Center for Land Use Education & Research (CLEAR), Department of Natural Resources & the Environment and Neag School of Education. CTP workshops introduce high school students and adult community conservation leaders to innovative, user-friendly geospatial technology that can be used to study and address local natural resource management and conservation issues. Partnerships will be formed among participants with the ability to carry out conservation projects in your hometown.

The CTP is an outgrowth of the NRCA Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP), now in its fifth year of educating high school students on conservation science and pairing them with local conservation organizations to conduct local projects.  In a nutshell, the CTP is designed to be a “mini-CAP,” extending our reach to more students and local partners, and jump-starting additional local conservation projects.

Our Background

NRCA’s Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) program is an outgrowth of the NRCA’s Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP)—a program with over 5 years of training high school students in environmental science and pairing them with local conservation organizations to conduct projects that directly 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 via teen/adult partnerships formed at the workshop. This model allows us to extending our reach not only to more students but also to more local partners, and jump-starting additional conservation projects.

Expertise and resources available at UConn, the Department of Natural Resources & the Environment and the Center for Land Use Education & Research will support this program.

Workshop

Multiple 2-day workshops will be held around the state each year, which will introduce teen and adult participants to basic conservation concepts and online mapping tools that can be used to address environmental issues. During the workshop, partnerships between teens and adults from the same community will be formed to conduct a local conservation project using the knowledge and tools gained from the workshop.

Community Project

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 at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources or Connecticut Land Conservation Conference. 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, NRCA Program Coordinator