Alfred Toeper Academy for Nature Conservation

Education, research and public relations for nature conservation are responsibilities of the NNA, as well as organisation of the Voluntary Ecological Year in Lower Saxony. The Academy sees itself as a knowledge broker and discussion platform between science, administration, economy and the population.

Consciousness comes from knowledge. Nature conservation is only successful if it manages to bring nature closer to the people. You only preserve what you appreciate and love.

Administrators, decision makers and disseminators come to us. The NNA is the state institution which provides comprehensive and professional education activities for more nature conservation. Furthermore, as a regional environmental education centre we offer an educational programme specifically designed for children and teenagers.

We are particularly concerned with the networking of education work. We consider it our task to carry out conceptual work on this. It has to take into account complex contents, versatile existing structures and the necessity to adjust to new developments.

Nature conservation is boundless. The integration of the various research disciplines is a major task of the NNA. Whether humanities, economics, social sciences or natural sciences – all have to work together. The NNA initiates research tasks, supports them, analyses their results and provides them to third parties. Some research projects are carried out on our own doorstep in the Lüneburg Heath Nature Conservation Area in collaboration with universities.

Public relations
Making the general public remember to think and act for nature conservation is the aim of the NNA. Promoting interest – nature conservation is fun – is as important as the collaboration with the media. You can get information about possibilities in practical nature conservation in person. Opportunities to do so are provided by guided tours, exhibitions and nature conservation information at Hof Möhr.

The press releases of the NNA regularly provide journalists and editorial offices with news. Two scientific journals give information on current developments in nature conservation. The “NNA Berichte” (NNA Reports) and the “Mitteilungen aus der NNA” (Information from the NNA) are available for a small fee.

Responsible body for the Voluntary Ecological Year (FÖJ) in Lower Saxony
From the Harz Mountains to the North Sea coast – from the Elbe to the Emsland: the so-called Voluntary Ecological Year (FÖJ) provides an optimal opportunity for any young person who is interested in nature conservation and environmental protection.

As the responsible body for the FÖJ, the NNA coordinates and organizes the application procedure at the state level (in the Hildesheim branch office). Moreover, the seminars for the FÖJ participants are designed and organized. In the 2009/10 FÖJ year, 200 people were placed in 168 approved work places. Furthermore, places are available in the sub-projects “FÖJ at full-time schools” and “FÖJ in sports” – ideal enhancements of the Voluntary Ecological Year with a specific focus on schools and sports.

We are active:

At a regional level:

  • with the focus on practice-oriented research in the Lüneburg Heath region.
  • as a regional environmental education centre.
  • with nature conservation information at Hof Möhr.

At a federal state level:

  • with the focus of our activities in Lower Saxony.
  • with the coordination of the Voluntary Ecological Year (FÖJ) in Lower Saxony.
  • in cooperation with Lüneburg University and the Lower Saxony Institute of Studies (NSI) in Hannover.

At a north German level:

  • through education, public relations and research in collaboration with many institutions in the north German region, in particular with the federal states represented on our advisory board

At a national level:

  • in symposia and seminars with speakers and participants from all over Germany.
  • in the nationwide working party of state supported education institutions in nature conservation and environmental protection (BANU).
  • through information for the nationwide specialised press

At an international level:

  • in the exchange of ideas with European and non-European experts.
  • as literature exchange partner for about 200 institutions in Germany and abroad.
  • as a member of international expert groups.

Warner College of Natural Resources

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department

For more than a century Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) has played a leadership role in research, teaching, training and technical assistance related to the understanding and management of the world’s natural resources. Within the college, the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department focuses on understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society, and culture as it relates to the natural environment.

Faculty in the WCNR at CSU pioneered efforts in the study and application of human dimensions of natural resources (HDNR) in the early 1970’s and by 1992 they established a “Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit” which is now the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department.

The mission of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department is to contribute to the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces both land health and sustainable human benefits.The Department offers an MS and a PhD in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Four concentrations are offered in the undergraduate program: Protected Areas Management, Global Tourism, Natural Resource Tourism and Environmental Communication. The department is one of seven programs in the United States that offers a comprehensive bachelor’s, masters, and doctoral program. It also:

  • Houses the Center for Protected Area Management and Training which provides technical assistance, training, and research opportunities for protected area managers and students in over 25 countries from Latin America
  • Houses the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit which is currently conducting research to examine: wildlife values in the Western US; public acceptability of wild land fire management; effects of chronic wasting disease on hunter participation; sustainable development in Europe’s protected areas; and carrying capacity in Yosemite National Park.
  • Operates the 212-acre Environmental Learning Center in Fort Collins that provides opportunities for faculty and students to conduct fieldwork, experiential education, and research and serves more than 3,200 people annually.
  • Is home of the innovative new interdisciplinary educational program known as Conservation Leadership Through Learning.