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Fort Collins, CO, United States
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The Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) program is a master’s degree which prepares leaders to address complex conservation issues at local, regional, and global scales.

The program is built around principles of experiential learning, inter-disciplinary instruction, and applied approaches.

Our students work closely with a network of practitioners and organizations throughout the program. CLTL is the option for individuals seeking to make a difference in the lives and ecosystems of our planet.

LEAD. COLLABORATE. CREATE CHANGE.

Our mission is to inspire and train the next generation of conservation leaders with the theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in conservation disciplines through instruction, field-work and research that is integrated and experiential, and which values cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary perspectives.

The CLTL program resides in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. CLTL is an 18 month graduate program, which includes two semesters of full-time coursework followed by a Capstone Project. The coursework in CLTL prepares you to work in the conservation field by developing new skills and knowledge, such as leadership skills, collaboration techniques to bring together diverse stakeholders, communication tools, and innovative methods for achieving conservation goals. The Capstone Project gives you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to a real conservation issue by working with a community partner to develop a project deliverable – such as a management plan, communication plan, or pilot program – to help the organization further their conservation work.

OUR DIFFERENCE

Our guiding values include innovation, experiential-learning, inter-disciplinary curriculum, cross-cultural perspectives, and practical and applied approaches to graduate education.

We received the award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education from the Western Association of Graduate Schools in 2013. Find out why:

  • Experiential Learning
    Inside and outside the classroom you can expect hands-on approaches that require working in teams to address a conservation issue. You will practice new skills and tools through interactive class sessions, field trips, workshops, and course assignments.
  • Inter-disciplinary
    Our curriculum combines scientific concepts and knowledge with coursework rooted in the social sciences, including leadership, collaboration, systems thinking, policy, and economics.
  • Cohort-based Learning Community
    All students complete the CLTL curriculum together and take all the same courses. This provides you with a support network and allows for concepts to transcend between the different courses. Students can learn from each other’s diverse perspectives and unique viewpoints to enhance the learning community.
  • Immersion Weeks
    During the two semesters of coursework on campus, there are some weeks where we forego regular class sessions and students are immersed in a specific conservation issue. You will meet with experts and stakeholders to acquire important skills and view conservation issues from multiple perspectives.
  • Applied Projects
    Classroom assignments and Capstone Projects create opportunities for you to put your knowledge to practice and create a lasting impact. Our program balances theoretical content with a strong focus on applied skills that are common in the conservation field, such as facilitation techniques, creating management plans, and communication.
  • Connections with Real World Practitioners
    We invite practitioners to work with students during trainings, workshops, Capstone Projects, and guest speaking, giving you a network of individuals to consult with in your future career.
  • Cross-cultural Experiences
    Recognizing that conservation challenges cross boundaries and cultures, we integrate experiences that expose our students to diverse perspectives, communication styles and belief systems. We examine cross-cultural aspects of conservation issues in courses and a number of field trips. In addition, many Capstone Projects require students to hone their skills to work effectively across cultures.

CORE OBJECTIVES

CLTL has seven core objectives that all students should be able to achieve upon graduating from the program:

  1. Analyze conservation issues from multiple disciplines and stakeholder perspectives
  2. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders and individuals
  3. Utilize systems thinking to examine conservation issues
  4. Apply interdisciplinary problem-solving approaches to conservation issues
  5. Apply inquiry tools and methods to address conservation issues
  6. Effectively communicate conservation via varied media, academic outputs and presentations
  7. Demonstrate leadership skills to work effectively in group environments

17 reviews on “Conservation Leadership through Learning

  1. tommy.egland@gmail.com'
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    Coming to the Conservation Leadership program was the best decision I have made. I am confident that my experience here is one that will allow me to thrive in the growing conservation field and make an impact in the field.

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    Conservation Leadership Through Learning is a one-of-a-kind program that prepares you for a real career to make a difference in conservation. Their applied approach to learning gives you the hands on experience and knowledge needed to hit the ground running after graduation. I highly value the interdisciplinary perspective of education that allows you to apply real world concepts throughout the program, and the cohort style to create long-lasting friendships and networks in the field.

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    CSU’s Conservation Leadership Masters has been a great experience so far. In just the first half of my first semester we’ve been certified in Open Standards Planning and have covered topics such as political ecology, bio-cultural systems, ecosystem services, and of course, leadership. In a few weeks we have a grant writing workshop. The projects, weekly assignments, and readings are challenging, but rewarding! The program demands a lot of attention to detail and a determination to truly understand the topics. I highly recommend this course to anyone searching for leadership opportunities in conservation.

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    I’m so pleased with my experience at CSU in the conservation Leadership program so far. I’m gaining a collection of both soft and hard skills that I feel are readily applicable to the real world.

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    Wonderful program! Prepared me for a wealth of responsibilities in the conservation field.

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    The Masters in Conservation Leadership Program uses interdisciplinary, hands on learning and prepares its students for a variety of jobs in the field. It uses innovative, research-based approaches to transform students into adaptive leaders ready to take on complex, multilateral conservation issues. I would would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in the field of conservation!

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    The Conservation Leadership program at Colorado State University is an ideal opportunity for students to learn about the dynamic nature of conservation issues and to collaborate with a host of well qualified instructors with diverse backgrounds and interests while doing so. The coursework is focused on developing leaders who are passionate about applying trans-disciplinary approaches toward addressing complex conservation dilemmas. Highly recommended!

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    CSU’s Conservation Leadership masters program is the ideal mix of classroom learning and hands-on practical experience. The two semesters of coursework covered a wide range of topics including environmental governance, social ecological systems, ecosystem services, collaborative conservation and leadership. The four month capstone project following gives students an opportunity to practice skills learned in the real world. The skills gained throughout the program prepare students for tackling the wicked conservation problems facing our world today.

  9. Tyler.Nuckols@colostate.edu'
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    CLTL has been a great program! The professors are knowledgeable, engaging, and approachable. The curriculum has been a great mix of topics rooted in both social and ecological sciences. Highly recommend.

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    The Master’s of Conservation Leadership program at CSU is one of a kind. Its applied and experiential approach with a focus on collaboration, was informed by the very organizations its graduates will one day work with. It is the first university in North America to integrate social science with conservation, ensuring students will not only gain the skills necessary to work in the environmental industry, they will also emerge on the cutting edge with inter-disciplinary tools to tackle the big problems we are facing on a global scale. In this world, it’s not always what you know, but who you know, and the conservation sector is no different. The program’s cohort-based structure, as well as the many practitioners students meet along the way, assures the formation of a strong network to keep your future conservation initiatives moving in the right direction. It’s a worthwhile investment for both the individual student’s growth, as well as that of our world!

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    CLTL is a unique and innovative program that prepares students to be confident and dynamic leaders and team members. The emphasis on project-based and hands-on learning opportunities adds depth to the interdisciplinary coursework. This is an amazing, empowering program and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a career in conservation!

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    In my experience, I love the cohort model because I get to know and work with my peers who are all passionate about conservation, hard working, and charismatic. The teachers are worldly, inspiring, and well spoken. The assignments are hands-on, so you feel challenged and accomplished. All around, the Conservation Leadership Master’s is a well designed program that many are proud to be a part of– highly recommend!

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    Conservation Leadership Through Learning (CLTL) is THE to do program for the current and future conservation champions. It prepares you to be different, solve different, and more importantly act different in conservation of our biodiversity. I am a proud international student and highly recommend the program to everyone.

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    This program could not have been a better match for my personal interests and learning style. The hands-on immersive program curriculum was an incredible way to learn about real issues in the field of conservation and transfer our classroom lessons to the field. The professors are absolutely wonderful and inspiring, and the small cohort style classes allowed us to learn and grow together as a team. I highly recommend this program to conservationists who thrive in a dynamic learning environment.

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    CLTL is definitely a different and unique program. Overall I’m glad I chose to receive my master’s degree in the CLTL program at CSU.

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    CLTL has been a life changing experience for me thus far. I was hesitant when I went to get my masters degree, but I have no doubt in my mind now that I have made the right decision to be here at CSU. The cohort based program creates this incredible network of extremely passionate and motivated individuals. It is truly inspiring to see all of the work that we are doing in such diverse places throughout the world. The capstone projects allow you to work with already existing projects in the program or create your own as an independent project which is really special. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first semester here and am so glad to have gotten to know all of these wonderful world changers in my cohort and my professors in this program.

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    The Conservation Leadership Through Learning program is a great way to not only expand your knowledge through a multidisciplinary approach and gain a masters degree, but it also prepares you for a career through trainings, certifications, and hands-on learning. Additionally, the program is small cohort based, which allows to you to make a connection to both fellow students and professors. Now that I have finished the program I feel fully prepared to become a leader in the conservation field.

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