Applied Plant Conservation Course

The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is thrilled to announce the development of a brand-new, online Applied Plant Conservation Course coming in 2023-2024. This professional development resource will serve to train our current and future botanical workforce in the best practices of rare plant stewardship and conservation. The course will bring the CPC Best Practices Guidelines to life as an educational tool for those working with rare and native plants at any stage in their career.

The Applied Plant Conservation Course, will feature nine overarching subject modules:

  • Module I: Introduction to Rare Plant Conservation
  • Module II: Ensuring the Conservation of Rare Plant Genetic Diversity
  • Module III: Where Rare Plants Live: Now and In the Future
  • Module IV: Assessing Wild Plant Populations
  • Module V: Rare Plant Reintroductions
  • Module VI: Collecting Seeds for Conservation Collections in Long-term Seed Banks
  • Module VII: Conservation of Exceptional Species
  • Module VIII: Propagation and Horticulture of Rare Plants
  • Module IX: Tools and Partnerships

More updates on the Applied Plant Conservation Course coming soon! Sign up the the CPC newsletter to stay up-to-date with announcements and more.

Before you Begin:

  • Pre & Post Course Survey – Help us understand how this course is being used and how we can continue to make improvements for future learners. Access the survey here.
  • Reflections JournalDig deeper and connect what you’re learning to your personal and professional projects. Download the Reflections Journal and use alongside the course. A great tool if you want to present to your team or supervisor about this training. Available as: Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint

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Partial funding for the Applied Plant Conservation Course is generously provided by:

BLM California | Agreement No. L20AC00413
BLM Colorado | Agreement No. L20AC00374
BLM Nevada | Agreement No. L20AC00266

Course Information

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Module I: Applied Plant Conservation Course Introduction

Module I: Why We Conserve Rare Plants

Module I: The Nature of Plant Rarity

Module I: Rare Plant Resources and Conservation Ranks

Module I: Rare Plant Ecology

Module I: Rare Plants on Public Lands

Module II: The Importance of Rare Plant Genetic Diversity 

Module II: Measures of Rare Plant Genetic Diversity & Population Structure 

Module II: Genetic Issues Related to Maintaining Collections

Module II: Evaluating Genetic Information for Land Management Decisions

Module III: Theory Behind Plant Species Distribution & Ecological Niches – Coming Soon! 

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Module III: Characterizing Habitat Suitability for Rare Plants Through Species Distribution Models – Coming Soon! 

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Module III: Using Species Distribution Models to Make Conservation Decisions – Coming Soon!

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Module III: Managing Habitat to Benefit Rare Species – Coming Soon!

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Module IV: Conducting Botanical Surveys for Rare Plants – Coming Soon!

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Module IV: Study Design in Rare Plant Population Monitoring: How to Collect Good Data – Coming Soon!

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Module IV: Rare Plant Site Ethics – Coming Soon! 

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Module IV: Rare Plant Population Models and Modeling Plant Demography in R – Coming Soon!

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Module IV: Making Management Decisions from Population Models – Coming Soon! 

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Module IV: Santa Barbara Botanical Garden use of Grid System Technology – Coming Soon!

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