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Conservationists around the world are working in landscapes shaped by human behavior.

Education and outreach is one of many conservation actions to change behavior.  However, it can be more challenging than expected to be rigorous and measurably impactful.  We don’t always know where to begin, how to craft the right message, how to engage our audience, and how to evaluate programs.

That’s why PEN is excited to announce our one-month online course, “Design Education Programs for Conservation Success”.  We will provide you with a step-by-step process, practical methods, and real-world examples to design or improve your education and outreach programs.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Define program goals and objectives to solve your highest priority issues
  • Create and deliver conservation messages to drive behavior change
  • Design effective learning experiences for your audiences to promote deeper learning and engagement
  • Select and implement the right methods and tools to evaluate and improve your programs

To make this knowledge accessible to everyone, we brought together four amazing instructors and made this course free with a suggested donation to PEN.

Sneak Peek of the Course

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Course Overview

Lesson Dates: Every Tuesday for 4 weeks (May 21 - June 11)
Recordings will be sent to registered learners after each live lesson.

Lesson Times: 7 am - 8:15 am PST (2 pm UTC / GMT)
To find out what time this is where you live, use this time zone converter and select California.  The duration of each lesson is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

4 Lessons with Spanish Subtitles:

May 21: Analyze Your Conservation Context & the Need for an Education Program
Instructor: Amielle DeWan, Impact by Design
Registration for lesson 1 is closed.
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May 28: Craft Conservation Messages That Lead to Action 
Instructor: Brooke Tully
Registration for lesson 2 is closed.
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June 4: Teach Engaging Content with Mastery
Instructor: Wilton Nsimango, Painted Dog Conservation
Registration for lesson 3 is closed.
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June 11 (in English without subtitles) and June 12 (in Spanish): Evaluate Your Program for Improved Conservation Results
Instructor: Johanna Vega, Proyecto Titi
Registration for lesson 4 is closed.
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What you will receive:

  • 4 engaging video lessons with live polls and Q&A delivered by 4 instructors
  • 4 lesson worksheets with step-by-step actionable exercises
  • Community discussions with fellow learners on Facebook group
  • Additional resources and tools developed by the conservation community
  • Course certificate after submitting a completed project plan (all 4 lesson worksheets)
  • Invitations to additional learning opportunities after the course concludes

Course Team and Community

  • Course Team: Read our bios to meet the course team.
  • Who You Are: No matter if you’re a novice or an expert anywhere in the world, this course is for you if you are struggling to start or want to improve your environmental education and outreach programs.
  • Community: Register to join the conversation on Facebook!

Special Thanks

PEN would like to thank our sponsors the Sacramento Zoological Society and Utah’s Hogle Zoo for partially supporting this course.

Interested in joining us as a course sponsor?
Contact us to learn more.


Who is teaching the course?
Watch a video to meet our instructors!  

I am not an educator.  Can I still participate?
Absolutely!  This course is beneficial to anyone who wants to start or improve environmental education and outreach programs.

I am not focused on primates.  Can I take this course?
Of course!  Everyone is welcome.  This is not a species-specific course.

When is the course being offered?
Join us every Tuesday for 4 weeks (May 21 - June 11) from 7 am to 8:15 am PST (2 pm UTC / GMT).  To find out what time this is where you live, use this time zone converter and select California.

Can I receive a recording of the lesson?
Recordings will be sent to registered learners after each live lesson.

What languages are offered in the course?
The course is being offered in English with Spanish subtitles.

How do I register?
Registration for this course is closed.

How much does it cost?
This course is being offered for free with a suggested donation to PEN.  With your tax-deductible gift, PEN can accelerate conservation without boundaries or financial barriers for developing country national course learners.

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