What is the WSCP?
…a professional development program
that builds credentials and increases capacity
in individuals, agencies, and organizations working with
America’s National Wilderness Preservation System…
The WSCP was developed with the following goals:
- to provide proactive and strategic succession management and provision of personal growth opportunities among youth aspiring to work in wilderness and backcountry areas
- to advance wilderness stewardship as a profession through continuing professional development
- to create a community of practice among wilderness professionals by accelerating the spread of ideas, encouraging innovation, and providing a forum for peer-to-peer collaboration across land management agencies
To achieve these goals…
The WSCP is developing a suite of certificate offerings, including:
Wilderness Visitor Use Management
Wilderness Natural Resource Management
Wilderness Cultural-Paleo Resource Management
Managing Special Provisions for Wilderness
These specialty certificates build upon each other and vary in complexity, allowing students to progress through the learning experience in a logical manner – from learning, practice and examination, to application and assessment.
The Wilderness Stewardship Certificate Program was born out of a collaboration between the Arthur Carhart Wilderness Training Center and the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public lands at Indiana University. Over the course of many years, more than 30 e-courses about wilderness management and related topics have been developed by these partners. The WSCP builds on these course offerings by bundling related courses, adding mentorship component that strengthens the learning experience, and maintaining rigorous assessments and assignments tailored to each learner’s unique environment.
How it Works…
The WSCP student registers for a certificate course of study via the Eppley Institute’s online learning catalog. Once registered, the journey begins with an introductory email from WSCP and a mentor assignment. Over the next four months, the WSCP student and mentor progress through a competency-based program at their agreed-upon pace. Students have up to four months to complete all coursework and earn a certificate in wilderness stewardship. An outline of the certificates’ course of study can be viewed here.