The training courses here can help you acquire the tools, skills, and knowledge you need to manage your climate-related risks and opportunities. All courses are free of charge, and are offered in at least one of three formats: online audio-visual presentations ("Online, Self-Guided" and "Tool Tutorial"), training webinars ("Online, Scheduled Lecture Series"), and residence training courses ("Onsite, Instructor-Led"). Each training module is accompanied with a test to help you evaluate your knowledge. These courses feature scientific information adapted from authoritative sources, prepared by recognized subject matter experts. The courses have been pilot tested with users and other subject matter experts and may be updated periodically, as needed.

CanVis is a tool for visualizing coastal changes and potential climate adaptation strategies. Users will learn: (1) to recognize how visualizations can change behavior; (2) the four steps for creating visualizations using CanVIS; and (3) potential applications of the software. Both instructor-led and self-guided options are offered online.
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Category
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Scheduled Lecture Series
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
2:00
Climate Academy is a five-month online course designed for natural resource managers and conservation professionals that covers the fundamentals of climate science, provides tools and resources for climate adaptation, and increases climate literacy and communication. The course is conducted annually via webinars held every other week for five months, for a total of ten sessions. Class resources and discussion forums are accessed through Moodle, a distance-learning platform. Course participants develop a final product (such as a report or presentation) addressing climate change in their management of natural resources. There is no tuition for employees of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, or the Bureau of Land Management. For participants from other agencies and organizations, there is a tuition charge of $200.00.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center
Category
Climate 101
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Scheduled Lecture Series
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
40:00
An instructor-led course that helps participants develop the following five capabilities: (1) recognize the changes and variability in climate; (2) identify opportunities to leverage governance; (3) examine methods for vulnerability assessment; (4) evaluate strengths and weaknesses of strategies; and (5) apply communication research in coastal community adaptation planning.
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Category
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
The Climate Learning Network's eLearning program is designed to help Extension professionals, professional crop advisors, and professional foresters incorporate climate change into their existing program areas and become climate literate. Many modules offer Continuing Education Credits from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA). Modules topics include basic climate science, communication, climate variability, vulnerability assessments, agricultural adaptation practices, and resilient land management.
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Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
This site offers 13 recorded presentations from the 29 July–2 August, 2013 offering of the Climate Variability and Change Virtual Course (CVCVC). This five-day live facilitated online course provided an extensive background on a range of climate variability and change topics with an emphasis on developing communication skills for challenging climate topics. The topics covered in this course, while aimed primarily at NOAA operational climate services delivery staff will also be helpful for others who already possess a basic level of understanding of climate science.
Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
This guide helps users with planning and decision making on 12 key coastal management topics, including climate change, shoreline erosion and wetland restoration. Each topic includes a set of expert-designed questions to help teams ask the right questions and get the right data and information. The interactive format makes it easy to customize and share questions and to collaborate with others. Use this guide to get teams on the same page, facilitate planning meetings, assign tasks, and write grant proposals.
Coastal Planning Advisor
Category
Climate Change
Communication
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
This workshop process—developed through The Nature Conservancy's Coastal Resilience network (coastalresilience.org)—fosters collaboration with and among community stakeholders to advance education, planning, and ultimately implementation of priority resilience actions. The freely downloadable Workshop Guide provides instructions on how to lead your community towards resilience, illustrating the essentials of the process as well as “before” and “after” workshop steps to help ensure that immediate goals, outcomes, and strategic direction are realized within your community. Also available from the website are workshop support materials, including a risk matrix, invitation language, community survey questions, and suggestions for participant affiliations.
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Category
Communication
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Climate change interpretation can occur in many venues and formats. This modular self-study curriculum was designed by the National Park Service's Interpretive Development Program to hone knowledge and skills for interpreting climate change, and can be completed at the user's own time and pace. There are several ways to engage with the material—either in-depth with each of the study guides, or accessing information as and when needed. The training includes four modules: (1) Introduction to Interpreting Climate Change; (2) Knowledge of the Resource Issue; (3) Knowledge of the Audience; and (4) Appropriate Techniques and Strategies. Each module contains a Study Guide that provides activities, questions, and links to additional resources, as well as a Learning Companion, the content document developed by a subject matter team.
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Category
Climate Change
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
This two-day instructor-led course is designed to increase participants’ ability to plan and facilitate a meeting (or a series of meetings) that minimize conflict and enhance problem solving. Collaboration is often cited as a good way to address coastal resource management issues, but the collaborative process is complicated, requiring a systematic approach. This course provides the skills and tools to design and implement collaborative approaches. The skills will be useful even when attending, but not running, a collaborative meeting.
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Category
Communication
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Beginner
The purpose of this training, designed for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service project leaders, managers, biologists, and decision makers, is to bring together staff for a focused examination of climate change topics to carry out their conservation efforts in support of the FWS’s mission. Using the FWS Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change as a guide, the course examines how to refocus conservation efforts using planning tools at landscape scales. FWS personnel are considered for priority placement in registration. Up to 60 participants can attend.
Cover of the FWS Strategic Plan
Category
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Onsite, Instructor-Led
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
36:00