Fundamentals of Managing Paleontological Resources in Wilderness

Where: Online


While their presence is not a requirement, many designated wilderness areas contain paleontological resources. Managing these resources is different in a wilderness setting than in non-wilderness. This course, the first in the Paleontological Resources Management in Wilderness series, focuses on the basics of managing paleontological resources found in wilderness. Topics include defining paleontological resources, law and policy, and paleontological resource stewardship.

Course Format

This course integrates informational text, interactive practice activities, engaging videos, Learn More opportunities, and supplemental reference materials. Following the course, you will take a brief assessment requiring you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced and integrates self-study allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. Within each course, you decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Course Chapters
  • Introduction to Paleontological Resources
  • Law and Policy
  • Wilderness Character and Paleontology
  • Stewardship Model
  • Summary and Key Points

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define paleontological resources and types of paleontological resources.
  • Explain how paleontological resources are a part of the wilderness character of your area.
  • Explain how laws, regulations and policies affect paleontological resource management.
  • Articulate issues surrounding the management of paleontological resources in wilderness.
  • Apply the Stewardship Model for paleontological resources in wilderness.

Estimated Completion Time

2 Hour/s



You must pass all with an 80% or higher before taking this course.

See the complete listing of online wilderness courses at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.

Target Audience
  • Wilderness Managers
  • Paleontologists
  • Natural Resource Specialists
  • Resource Managers

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