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INTERNATIONAL APPLIED ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION COURSE

Guwahati, Assam, India

How environmental social marketing techniques can be integrated with education and communication strategies to produce focused, effective conservation campaigns

A 3-week international course on the use of education and communication strategies as effective conservation tools.  The course will demonstrate how environmental social marketing techniques can be integrated with overall education and communication strategies to produce effective and practical tools for solving environmental problems. It will also create deeper understanding about services of ecosystems from a nearby protected area.  It will cover–

  • research and theory on education for different audiences;
  • educational techniques and strategies for different audiences;
  • campaign planning and implementation; objective setting for education campaigns and programs;
  • communication strategies; environmental social marketing techniques;
  • media production—theory and design;
  • techniques for building support and obtaining resources for education campaigns;
  • evaluation and monitoring
When: January 2019
Where: The course will be based at Guwahati in Northeast India and will include fieldwork at Manas National Park and Tiger Reserve at the foothills of Bhutan.
Sponsors: Course developers and sponsors: Environmental Education and Conservation Global (EECG), USA and Aaranyak, Guwahati, Assam, India will be course developers and be responsible for instruction.  IUCN (Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme), the Forest Department of the State of Assam, Manas National Park, Assam and Dibrugarh University, Assam will sponsor and collaborate on course content, instruction, and logistics.
Who: Intended Participants:  Practicing conservation educators from conservation organizations and agencies.

While the majority of participants will be from the host country—India, participation by educators from other countries is expected and encouraged.

Course instruction will be in English and a working knowledge of English is required.

Fees and scholarships: Course Fee and Scholarships:  USD525 or INR35000. Deserving applicants shall be offered scholarship as budget available.
Teaching techniques: Educational techniques to be used.  A heavy emphasis on fieldwork, practical projects, plans/materials production, and practice with peers.  Classroom work will be minimized. There will be some preparatory online classes/activities.
Contact: For more information, send an email to emccrea@eecg.org
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ZOO EDUCATOR TRAINING COURSE

When: Tentatively scheduled for fall of 2018
Where: One of the seven national zoos in Thailand
Sponsors: The Zoological Park Organization of Thailand in cooperation with Environmental Education and Conservation Global
Description: The long-term goal of the course is to train zoo education professionals in the principles and methodologies of practical, applied education in the zoo environment. As these professionals return to their home zoos, they will have the knowledge, skills, experience, and motivation to conduct high quality, effective, education programs that can help zoo management obtain their goals; lead to a supportive, knowledgeable visiting public; and benefit the long-term survival of the animals with which their zoo is entrusted.
Contact: For application information, contact Ed McCrea at emccrea@eecg.org.