Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law

Where: Vancouver, WA
Aug 3 - 26, 2022


This interdisciplinary blended-delivery course provides employees with a solid understanding of the resource mission of the NPS. You will learn about the primary laws, legal authorities, case law interpretation, and policies used to protect park resources. To become a valued team member when you return to your park, you will practice using the skills and roles that contribute to effective interdisciplinary groups while working through resource protection case studies.

You will become familiar with the diverse natural and cultural resources throughout the national park system and explore the threats these resources are vulnerable to. Using laws and compliance, you will develop skills and strategies to prevent or respond to resource injuries through interdisciplinary collaboration. You will explore methods for implementing resource protection, visitor education, and visitor management.

At the end of this course, you will have the basic-level knowledge required to apply legal authorities to safeguard natural and cultural resources. You will understand the broad range of threats to park resources, and you will have strategies to recognize, respond, and take action when resources are injured. You will gain experience using interdisciplinary group processes to ensure effective collaboration among NPS staff, partners, and the public.

The course consists of the following elements (scroll down for the schedule for the upcoming class):

  • 2 two-hour webinars
  • 7 self-paced online learning modules – allow 4 hours to complete.
    Links will be provided when you have been selected for the training.
  • Introduction to the Incident Command System – ICS 100 – 2-hour web-based training
    (You may substitute a certificate from a higher level class if you have advanced ICS training.)
  • 3 1/2 days of in-person instruction
  • A post-class assignment (details provided in class)

Students MUST attend the webinars and complete the online modules prior to attending the in-person class.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Develop a working knowledge of the legal framework that safeguards natural and cultural resources in the national park system.
  • Explain why knowledge of park resources and values is central to each employee’s responsibility.
  • Describe why every employee has a responsibility to take action to contribute to the protection of system unit resources.
  • Use an integrated approach to identify and communicate threats to system unit resources to ensure resource injuries are addressed.
  • Demonstrate effective group processes to ensure interdisciplinary and cooperative actions among NPS staff, partners, and the public.

Estimated Completion Time

38 Hour/s


The schedule for the upcoming class is:

  • August 3, 2-4 eastern - Orientation webinar
  • August 11, 2-4 eastern - Foundations of Resource Protection webinar (you must complete the on-line modules before coming to this webinar)
  • August 23 - August 26 - In-person session at Fort Vancouver. Class ends at noon on Friday.

Registration closes July 4, 2022.

All applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified of their status by July 8. Selections will be based on discipline. Priority for facilities employees will be given to participants in the Facility Management Leadership Program (FMLP). This is a popular class and often has more applicants than available seats, so sign up early!

No Tuition. Travel will be paid by benefiting account.

Lodging is $182.
M & IE is $74.

Target Audience

Commissioned employees, interpreters in resource education and public information, resource management discipline specialists, and maintenance employees that will work in interdisciplinary teams. Employees from other disciplines will be considered on a space-available basis.

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