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Online Course: Indiana Watershed Leadership Program

November 3, 2017

The Indiana Watershed Leadership Program

If you’re interested in water quality and watersheds, consider applying for the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy. The Academy educates watershed coordinators, teachers, engineers, and others to lead watershed efforts that improve water quality. The application for the 2018 Academy is now available. Contact Sara Peel with any questions about the 2018 Academy. The Academy, organized by Purdue University with support from Indiana’s major conservation agencies and organizations, gives participants the chance to:
  • Engage in basic and advanced level watershed topics covering leadership
    principles, watershed science, organization and communication, technology
    and GIS, stakeholder involvement techniques and policy skills
  • Meet, learn from, and build a network of peers
  • Interact with topic experts
  • Gain strategies, skills, and resources for successful watershed management
  • Earn a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management

How the Academy Works

The academy incorporates a combination of:

  • Web-based distance learning via participants’ personal computers.
  • Face-to-face class sessions.
  • A group learning project.

Participants complete a series of online lesson modules that include readings, assignments, and discussion over a five month period. Face-to- face meetings promote networking and allow opportunities to pursue specialized topics in-depth. Each participant completes a learning project on a topic of special interest. Graduates of the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy earn a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management.

January-May 2018 (apply by Nov 3)
Meetings throughout IN

The 2018 Academy has scheduled three mandatory Face-to-Face Sessions:

Session 1: January 17-18, 2018, Canyon Inn, McCormick’s Creek State Park, Spencer, IN

Session 2: April 4-5, 2018, Tecumseh Leadership Center, Brookston, IN

Session 3: May 23, 2018, The Fort Harrison Conference Center, Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis, IN

A hybrid distance learning – face to face training academy, January – May

Developing and coordinating a local watershed organization can be a daunting task, especially if you are the person responsible for leading the process. If you would like in-depth training that will build your capacity for successful watershed management, we encourage you to enroll in the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy. The Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy is designed for anyone with watershed management responsibilities or interests, such as:

  • watershed coordinators
  • citizen volunteers
  • community officials, engineers, or planners
  • conservation agency staff
  • stormwater managers
  • members of land trusts or community environmental organizations
  • drainage boards or others that influence water management

It will improve your skills for creating a scientifically sound plan for watershed management that actively involves, engages, and is supported by your community.



November 3, 2017