Education & Training
The Institute offers a range of programs in higher and secondary education, professional development (especially for protected area managers) and public engagement. Our courses emphasize experiential and nature-based learning, and are often delivered in partnership with the Protected Areas Learning & Research Collaboration (PALRC) and the Master of Environmental Management program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Courses are designed to build leadership and capacity in conservation in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
The Institute’s Board Director and Education Program Leader, Dr Rosalie Chapple, recently completed a review for PALRC on protected area capacity building needs for Australia and the Asia- Pacific. The report informs development of the Institute’s education and training program and can be accessed here.
ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FOR CONSERVATION.
5 DAY TRAINING COURSE
The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute, in partnership with Protected Areas Learning & Research Collaboration (PALRC), offers an immersive, five day learning experience that aims to give participants a good understanding of the theory and practice of adaptive management tools through the internationally recognised Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.
WORLD HERITAGE TRAINING PACKAGE FOR BLUE MOUNTAINS TOURISM BUSINESSES
The Institute is developing a training package for tourism operators with the aim of building tourism industry knowledge of the World Heritage Area and its values to enhance visitor experiences. A pilot program was delivered for key local tourism businesses in 2018, with the recommendations from that program having just been published. Click below to access the report.
ONLINE RESOURCES fOR ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT COURSE PARTICIPANTS
Students enrolled in the Adaptive Management for Conservation course can access online resources by clicking on the button below.
REports & Publications
Adaptive Management Training for Protected Areas in the Asia-Pacific. Chapple, R. 2018
Home to Us All: How Connecting with Nature Helps Us Care for Ourselves and the Earth. Children & Nature Network and IUCN ♯NatureForAll campaign. 2018
Knowledge and Stewardship of World Heritage Values by Tourism Operators in the Blue Mountains. Chapple R, Boag C, Schwarz S and Bartlett J. 2019
Connecting Nature Connection Activities in Australia. Colahan C. and Chapple R. 2019
The Institute is a partner of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s #NatureForAll movement, a global initiative to build support for nature conservation around the world by promoting nature-based learning and human connections with the natural world. For more information on the #NatureForAll movement see http://natureforall.global/australia
In support of the IUCN NatureForAll campaign, the Institute recently engaged Claire Colahan, a Master of Environmental Management student at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, to undertake a research internship to gather information about nature connection efforts in Australia.
Claire conducted an online survey that was circulated widely across Australia through our networks, and it identified a total of 184 nature connection efforts being undertaken across Australia involving people of all ages and demographics across urban, rural and regional areas.
This survey remains open to allow further nature connection projects to continue to be recorded, so if you are involved in nature connection work, we would love to hear from you! The survey can be accessed here.