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Starting May 20 2013, 08:30 AM
Ending May 24 2013, 12:00 PM

Strategic Conservation Planning Using a Green Infrastructure Approach

Course Description:

This introductory course provides participants with a strategic approach for prioritizing conservation opportunities and a planning framework for conservation and development—integrating the green and the grey. Through hands-on class projects, lectures, and numerous case studies, participants will experience firsthand how the green infrastructure approach can be used to connect environmental, social and economic health across urban, suburban and rural settings. Participants will also learn how green infrastructure planning can serve as a tool to inform land use decisions and build consensus among diverse interests.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe green infrastructure concepts and principles and explain its ecological and social benefits;

  • Explore techniques for planning and designing green infrastructure networks at the statewide, regional, and local levels;

  • Describe options for financing and implementing green infrastructure plans; and

  • Compare and contrast successful approaches for integrating green infrastructure into conservation planning and land protection.

Professional Credits Now Available:

The following organizations have approved this course for continuing education or similar professional development credits:

  • American Society of Landscape Architects (29.5 professional development hours)

  • International Society of Arboriculture (up to 27.75 CEUs)

  • The Wildlife Society (up to 30 contact hours)

  • Association of State Floodplain Managers (6 parallel CECs)

Target Audience:

This course is designed to be a collaborative learning experience; as such it is applicable to individuals from a variety of disciplines, sectors and scales (i.e., national, regional, statewide, local) who are engaged in land use planning and management.

Course Leaders:

  • Kris Hoellen, The Conservation Fund
  • Bill Jenkins, EPA Region 3
  • CJ Lammers, Maryland—National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Prince George’s County

Course Length: 4.5 Days

Lodging & Meals:

Lodging is available at NCTC for $144/night, which includes a full meal plan.

Registration & Contact Information:

Registration Deadline: April 26, 2013!

For more information, contact Katie Allen (304) 876-7925 / 

Other Information:

This course is offered by: The Conservation Fund, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / National Conservation Training Center and the USDA Forest Service.

Event Location

National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443


A shuttle service runs from the Dulles International Airport in Sterling, VA on Sundays and back on Fridays.

For further information, go to the NCTC Shuttle Information page.


1655 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300 Arlington, Virginia 22209 P: 703-525-6300 F: 703-525-4610 E: