PARTNER NEWS: THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY (TWS) ANNOUNCES NEW PUBLIC LANDS CURRICULUM!


‚Äč"PUBLIC LANDS IN THE UNITED STATES"
RELEASE OF FREE CURRICULUM CREATED BY
THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY & THE AVARNA GROUP

 
The Wilderness Society (TWS) is excited to announce that Public Lands in the United States, a public lands curriculum developed by The Wilderness Society in partnership with The Avarna Group, is now available. This new educational resource is intended to support people who are interested in learning about and teaching about public lands. The curriculum includes modules on the following topics:
 
  • The definition of public lands
  • The history of public lands
  • The threats facing public lands
  • How to become an advocate for public lands

According to Paul Sanford, the National Director of Recreation Policy at TWS (and AORE member and AORE Access & Permitting Committee Volunteer!), the new public lands curriculum strives to tell a more inclusive story about public lands, paying particular attention to communities that have been historically underrepresented in the dominant conservation narrative. The development of the curriculum was driven by a belief that reckoning with the difficult elements of public lands history is important for helping us build a more equitable and inclusive public lands system and conservation movement. Paul stresses that this resource should be seen as a "living document' that adapts as needed to the ever-changing landscape of public lands issues in this country. For this reason, feedback is on the curriculum is not only welcome, but encouraged. People can send their thoughts to curriculumfeedback@tws.org.
 
Access to the curriculum is FREE. However, TWS would like to know who is accessing it and how they are planning to use it. AORE members can request access by filling out a short registration form. Once a person’s registration form is received, a link to the curriculum will be sent out.

WEBINAR ALERT! AORE members are also invited to participate in a 30-minute orientation webinar on July 24 at 2:30 EST. In the webinar, basic information about the curriculum will be covered and TWS staff will share some best practices and lessons learned from existing implementation efforts. There's no need to register in advance, when it is time for the webinar to start, simply head online and log on with this link!



 
Curious to know more about Paul Sanford's involvement with AORE? Head to our newsroom and check out the interview we did with him last month!