Join our two hour Parks 101 - Protect Course hosted live via Zoom to learn about the lands we know today as national parks. You'll explore the history of the original Indigenous peoples who called them home, the birth of the National Park System, as well as the challenges facing parks and public lands today.
After completing the course, you'll better understand how you can be an effective advocate for national parks, public lands, and Indigenous rights. Check out our course outline, instructors, and details below.
1) 2-hour live session hosted via Zoom—led by Dr. Len Necefer, Ph.D. and Joe Gibson.
2) Continued access to instructor Joe Gibson for additional follow-up questions, discussions, and news.
3) Compiled supplementary readings and resources.
is an outdoor educator, outdoorsman, and trail crew leader. His career in conservation has included work for Americorps, the National Park Service, Parks Project, and Rocky Mountain Field Institute.
Why should I take this course?
Whether you're an occasional visitor or a seasoned adventurer, anyone who spends time in the great outdoors should have an understanding of the histories and systems that have shaped public lands in the United States. Understanding the past will help you become a better advocated today and in the future.
What is the format of the course?
The course is a two hour live Zoom video conference involving visual elements, interactive quizzes, and live discussions.
Will I have access to a video of the course?
Sessions will be live and unrecorded so we highly encourage taking notes during the session! In addition to a digital packet of resources, you will always be able to contact Joe Gibson for any follow up questions after the course is over.
What if I register for the course but can't attend?
Do I have to live in the United States to take the course?
We welcome folks from all over the world! Courses are typically scheduled for 5:00-7:00 pm, Pacific Time (1:00 UTC). Also, courses are held in English.