Upcoming Courses

Marine Planning Advancement Training (MPAT) – Course Options

The MPAT curriculum, derived from global best practices and featuring interactive and innovative educational styles, is designed for professionals with interest in Coastal Management at all experience levels in the practice of coastal and marine planning.


  • Southeast / Miami, FL
    May 11-12, 2016


  • Marine Planning Advancement Training – Online
    June 13 – August 12, 2016

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Case Studies Integrating Nature’s Value into Marine Planning

This online short course is a partnership between the Natural Capital Project and the DEL Executive Education program. Learners will have the opportunity to interact with real data, legal frameworks and decision-support tools. Participants can practice applying marine planning mapping techniques, tools, and activities such as stakeholder engagement, information management/synthesis, tradeoff analysis and outreach.

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Social Media for Environmental Communications*

Need to craft a buzz-worthy social media campaign? Join a global cohort of environmental professionals who utilize mainstream and emerging social media platforms for research, promotion, and networking. Assigned readings, social media projects, and discussion boards allow for customized instructor feedback and peer review. Taught online by two of the founding bloggers at SouthernFriedScience.com.

  • April 4-May 13, 2016

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Timberland Investments for Professionals

Timberland-investment professionals in developmental stages of their careers and forestry, accounting, legal, and conservation professionals who interact with them; investment analysts, portfolio managers, financial planners, and trust officers who make decisions regarding timberland assets; and public-policy officials who desire to better understand institutional timberland managers.

  • April 26-27, 2016

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Environmental Communications Planning*

This course is designed to give environmental professionals the necessary tools to write a successful and comprehensive Communications Plan. These plans can be used internally, to manage change or initiatives within an organization, or externally to communicate a message to stakeholders and/or the public.

  • May 23-July 1, 2016

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Conservation Finance Network Boot Camp

This intensive week-long course is geared to help professionals use innovative and effective financing strategies for land resource conservation, restoration, and stewardship. It is offered in partnership with the Conservation Finance Network, and will be held on-campus at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham NC.

  • June 6-10, 2016

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Environmental Communications Certificate Electives at the Center for Documentary Studies*

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University offers a range of Continuing Education courses on video production and editing, as well as other media and the philosophical approaches to documentary. These courses are designed to help participants explore concepts in documentary arts and apply them to their own work. These courses may be used to fulfill the elective requirements for the Certificate in Environmental Communications.

  • Offered throughout the year

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Environmental Management in a Changing World: Coping with Sea Level Rise

Summer Program in Venice

The Nicholas School of the Environment in collaboration with the Venice International University offer a Summer Program for professionals and graduate students. Training is provided in key topics about the impact of sea level rise on coastal areas and cities, and about adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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Writing for Environmental Professionals*

Writing in environmental fields encompasses many genres, from policy memos to manuals, blog posts to interpretive signs. This online course will allow you to refine and reflect on your writing process. For some, the course may serve as a tune-up; for others, a significant remodeling.

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Adaptive Management For Conservation Projects

In recent years, there has been great convergence among conservation organizations in thinking about how best to plan and implement conservation actions. The member organizations of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) have pooled their collective experience in designing, implementing and appraising their conservation projects to develop a set of project cycle or adaptive management Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation that they believe are fundamental to effective conservation.

  • Available as a custom course for your group or project. Please contact Allison.Besch@duke.edu for more information. 

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Intermediate Environmental Social Marketing Strategy*

This online course provides an intermediate-level focus on environmental social marketing strategies. Students will focus in detail on how to plan and implement a social marketing strategy, using 3-5 topics within social marketing of your choosing. 

This course is an intermediate complementary course to the DEL online course “Environmental Communications for Behavior Change”, which provides a practical overview of a social marketing campaign.  We encourage students to take both classes; they are fundamentally different, yet complementary.

  • October 3-November 18, 2016

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Environmental Communication for Behavior Change*

This online course provides environmental professionals with a practical introduction to the strategies, methods, and tools of environmental communication that effectively lead to changes in behavior, primarily using social marketing. The field-based skills gained through this course will benefit all practicing environmental professionals faced with the challenge of changing behaviors.

  • 2017 Dates TBD.

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Spatial Models for Distance Sampling Data

Duke Environmental Leadership program in collaboration with the University of St Andrews will offer a workshop on spatial modelling methods for distance sampling line transect data.The course is intended for graduate students/postdocs/faculty in applied ecology, government/industry scientists and wildlife managers interested in developing spatially explicit models of abundance.

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* Courses followed by an asterisk are currently included in a certificate program.

For information on future course schedules, please contact the DEL office at del@nicholas.duke.edu. If you are interested in scheduling a course specifically for your agency, organization or business, information is available on our Custom Courses page.