Resources and Certifications

Learn the skills you need to succeed in conservation!


The Wildland School, at The Aldo Leopold Foundation, holds a series of classes ranging from species identification to technical skills. The Wildland School typically offers chainsaw safety courses – check back in for class offerings.

The Driftless Folk School offers a variety of classes with the mission of teaching sustainable skills, promoting traditional activities, and providing practical guidance.

Prescribed Burns

Research and Policy

Prescribed burns can be a cost-effective and efficient method of land management. The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is a great resource for research and communication, connecting fire managers and research scientists. As a government-affiliated program, JFSP is designed with direct policy impact in mind, and provides grants on fire research to ensure that the evolving body of fire management knowledge will remain relevant and targeted at guiding policies.

The JFSP organizes information into bioregion-based consortiums. For Wisconsin, the southern part of the state falls into the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savannah Consortium, and the northwoods belong to the Lake States Fire Science Consortium.

Best Practices and Guidance

For detailed information about prescribed burns (ecological rationale, best practices, etc.), check out The Nature Conservancy’s excellent Fire Manual – it has a tremendous amount of information in an easy-to-use format. Wisconsin’s DNR also provides a great overview here.


The Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council provides a consistently-updated listing of fire-related courses here.

Wilderness Medicine and Safety

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

This 16 to 20-hour course will help provide basic information on medical emergencies in remote locations. NOLS maintains a listing of current Wisconsin WFA courses here:

Wilderness First Responder (WRF)

This 80-hour course provides a much more in-depth perspective on how to respond to emergency situations. NOLS has a great listing of WRF courses here:

First Aid / Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

First Aid/CPR training is an important first step in knowing what to do when medical emergencies strike. There are a variety of course offerings:

Invasive Species Control

DNR provides a good synthesis of control methods, accessible here.