Our Difference

What makes Conservation Leadership Through Learning unique?
Find out more about CLTL's innovative approach to graduate education here.

Inter-disciplinary Approaches to Problem Solving

Society faces unprecedented challenges, from climate change to biodiversity loss to energy security and beyond. These sustainability challenges are complex and transcend the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. CLTL has developed an entirely new curriculum to train students to diagnose environmental problems from an inter-disciplinary perspective and to use this knowledge to affect positive change. Through this and all components of CLTL, our goal is to train systems thinkers and actors: practitioners who understand how the parts of a human-environment system relate to the whole, and who use this knowledge to make a difference for conservation and communities.

Confronting Real-World Problems
With CLTL, we believe that the best way to prepare students to tackle today's pressing environmental problems is to immerse them in real-world situations from day one. Through activities that link classroom with field-based and experiential learning, students will learn in the context of cross-cultural projects in the US and around the globe, as well as from classroom-based case studies and from their peers. By gaining hands-on training in problem solving in partnership with communities, CLTL students will be prepared to be effective problem solvers from the start of their careers.

Empowering a Generation of Change-Makers

Conservation leaders must be highly effective at turning ideas into action. In addition to providing students with technical training in the natural and social sciences, the CLTL curriculum emphasizes development of leadership, business, management, and collaboration skills that will position students for success in their professional careers – across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors