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What You'll Study
  • Conservation communication using various media including journaling, photography, video, podcasts, info-graphics, and arts
  • Resume and biographical sketch building
  • Time management
  • Networking and self-promotion
  • Internet profile and online portfolio design
  • Citizen science engagement, conservation ethics, conflict resolution, and public outreach
Program Details

June 8 – 13, 2020 |¬†Mason’s Academic Calendar

Available Formats

Undergraduate (CONS 201, 2 credits)


Tuition and SMSC Course Fees 


Who is eligible?

Incoming 1st- and 2nd-year undergraduate students, and non-degree-seeking students from any accredited college or university.

Meet the Faculty

Anneke DeLuycker
Anneke DeLuycker
Assistant Professor of Conservation Studies
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
Anneke is a biological anthropologist specializing in the ecology, behavior, and conservation of primates, particularly in the Neotropics. Her research concerns how ecological and evolutionary processes influence behavioral patterns.


In this on-line delivered course, students will learn strategies for success as a professional conservationist. This course gives an overview of best practices in conservation, self-promotion and professional engagement skills (such as networking, social media use, and online presence). Learn effective communication, stakeholder engagement, outreach, social marketing, and conflict resolution skills. Students will engage with conservation leaders working in scientific, academic, governmental, and non-governmental capacities, including those from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and become part of a supportive network of mentors and colleagues!

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