Mission: to inspire and train the next generation of conservation leaders with the theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in conservation disciplines through instruction, field-work and research that is integrated and experiential, and which values cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary perspectives.

In CLTL, we are inspired to train a generation of practitioners capable of responding to conservation and development challenges across the globe. Conservation practitioners must understand the larger social and environmental contexts in which they work, as well as how to weave together partnerships across the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors.

The CLTL program resides in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. The CLTL coursework prepares you to work in the conservation field by developing new skills and knowledge, such as leadership skills, collaboration techniques to bring together diverse stakeholders, communication techniques, and innovative methods for achieving conservation goals. Recognizing that leadership qualities are heightened by exposure to diverse contexts, CLTL integrates classroom learning with field experiences in the United States and around the globe.
Our Guiding Values

Students can expect the following in the CLTL program:

  1. Innovation: At its core, CLTL takes an innovative approach to graduate education. We integrate field work and classroom instruction, academic and practitioner perspectives, and a blend of instructional approaches that go far beyond traditional classroom learning.
  2. Experiential: Both inside and outside the classroom, students can expect hands-on, problem-based approaches that require working in teams to roll up your sleeves and address an issue.
  3. Inter-Disciplinary: Our curriculum combines scientific concepts and knowledge with coursework rooted in the social sciences, including leadership, collaboration, systems thinking, policy, and economics.
  4. Cross-cultural: Recognizing that conservation challenges transcend boundaries and cultures, cross-cultural perspectives and experiences are integrated throughout CLTL. In addition to cross-cultural aspects within the CLTL group through selection of students with a mix of backgrounds, we also insure that the gamut of perspectives are represented in the issues and problems we study and address in the classroom.
  5. Practical/Applied: Our program balances theoretical content and knowledge with a strong focus on applied skills that are common in the real world of conservation, whether that be facilitation techniques, creating management plans, or fundraising. We invite conservation practitioners to work with students for trainings, workshops, final projects, and guest speaking, giving you a network of individuals to consult with in your future career in the conservation field.