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At the National Geographic Society, we support a global network of Explorers—cutting-edge scientists and researchers, inspiring educators, and powerful storytellers—to illuminate and protect the wonders of the world.

One of the most powerful ways we can create impact is by supporting champions for the environment and the natural world. This is why the National Geographic Society is offering Exploring Conservation, a free six-course wildlife conservation series aimed at educating everyone about the importance of conservation and how they can get involved.

These courses were developed by United for Wildlife and the Zoological Society of London.

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Introduction to Conservation

Explore the key issues in conservation, gain an awareness of the problems and challenges in the world we live in, and discover what you can do to help. Approximate time required: 14-16 hours (self-paced)

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Prioritizing Species and Spaces

Explore the biodiversity that makes up our planet and learn about why saving these species and spaces is vital for preserving our planet as we know it. Approximate time required: 3-4 hours (self-paced)

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Understanding Illegal Wildlife Trade

Explore the implications of illegal wildlife trade as well as the causes and impacts it has on wildlife. Approximate time required: 3-4 hours (self-paced)

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Ocean Challenges and Solutions

Explore how human activities are impacting our ocean’s ecosystem. Approximate time required: 3-4 hours (self-paced)

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Conservation Project Planning

Explore how to plan and implement an effective conservation project. Approximate time required: 3-4 hours (self-paced)

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Scientific Expeditions for Conservation

Explore how to plan an expedition and learn how they can contribute to advances in conservation. Approximate time required: 3-4 hours (self-paced)

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From Top: Photographs by Michael Nichols, Neil Kyle Gordon, Rebecca Smith, Violeta Martinez Castillo, George F. mobley, Stephanie Grocke, and Sarah McNair Landry