Wilderness Stewardship Certificate

We partnered with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University, the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center to create The Wilderness Stewardship Certificate Program, and online program for wilderness managers, stewards, researchers, volunteers, backcountry guides, students, and those interested in working in wilderness areas.  

The Wilderness Stewardship Certificate Program program is a self-paced learning experience, supported by expert mentors, and based on best practices from the field and is beneficial for wilderness professionals and others interested in advancing their career potential and being better prepared for contributing to effective wilderness management and stewardship.

Starting in the Fall of 2018, two certificates will be available - The Fundamentals of Wilderness Stewardship and Visitor Use Management in Wilderness. 

These certificates offer a rigorous course of study for wilderness professionals interested in advancing their career potential in the National Wilderness Preservation System and being better prepared for contirubting effective wilderness stewardship.  Students complete their work over 6 months between September and May of each year.

More information and enrollment available here.

The Wilderness Stewardship Certificate Program relies on MENTORS to work with students throughout the certificate program.  Mentors are experts in wilderness, who share their knowledge and skills with colleagues to train the next generation of wilderness stewards.  

We are actively recruiting mentors fo the 2018/2019 academic year.  Interested parties will go through the online application process and interview with staff, and complete a 4-hour training webinar, 5 e-courses (roughly 10 hours of work), an assignment communication plan and a training assignment (roughly 1 hour each).  Throughout the academic year, mentors spend roughly 10 hours grading assignments, 1-4 hours in consultation with the student, and 5 hours in online forums and webinars.  Mentorship offers a terrific way to enhance your professional knowledge, build your resume, and give back to the wilderness sector.  Mentors receive an honorarium, gift, and free membership to the Society for Wilderness Stewardship.

Click here to read the full Mentor position description or Click here to fill out the Mentor application.

Meet the 2018/2019 Mentors:

Dr. Bob Dvorak is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration at Central Michigan University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota, and his master’s and PhD from the University of Montana. Born and raised in North Dakota, Bob has spent much of his life hiking, camping, and fishing in the Midwest. He gained a great love and appreciation for the outdoors at a young age. In particular, he has a strong attachment to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the north woods of Minnesota. Bob’s professional interests include wilderness and protected area management, examining visitors use issues, and understanding the relationships and attachments people form with wilderness areas. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wilderness, Chair of the Board of Regents for the Wilderness Stewardship Certification Program, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator.  In his spare time, Bob enjoys camping, canoeing, hiking, and playing disc golf with his wife Lisa, and three sons Ben, Aiden, and Emmett.

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The Society for Wilderness Stewardship is a non-profit, charitable organization under the 501 (c)(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code.