Conservation of Endangered Species

Course Description

Biodiversity loss due to human induced changes to the environment is having a significant impact on ecosystems and ecosystem services that humans rely on. In addition, over the past few hundred years, humans have increased species extinction rates by as much as 1,000 times rates that were typical over Earth’s history.

Accredited zoos and aquariums are working together alongside their partners to help save species and protect biodiversity. They are engaged in conservation projects that directly impact animals and habitats in the wild. Nearly 1,000 species and subspecies benefit from these species-specific and habitat-focused conservation projects. These conservation projects are complex and multi-disciplinary including focuses on population biology and monitoring, rescue, rehabilitation, capacity building, training, awareness, conservation education, reintroduction, habitat protection and population management.

In Rhode Island, the Roger Williams Park Zoo is involved in the conservation of endangered species both globally and locally. Conservation and environmental stewardship are at the core of our mission. During this course, you will have the unique opportunity to learn from experts at Roger Williams Zoo to explore the human-caused threats to key organisms, and how zoos and aquariums are addressing the mounting concerns around biodiversity loss. You will explore local and global conservation issues to understand causes and impacts and analyze solutions to these issues. In addition, you will participate in field work to help support one of the Zoo’s local conservation projects.

After participating in this course, students will be able to:

  • Use community resources, like Roger Williams Park Zoo, as learning recourses
  • Analyze solutions to local and global conservation issues
  • Build their conservation identities and leadership skills
  • Identify a conservation issue in their community and plan a strategy for addressing this conservation issue


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, for the field work component of this course, students must be comfortable and willing to work outdoors for several hours at a time. This will include activities like hiking, helping to carry equipment, digging, etc.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 08, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Angelica Bazinet
Andrea Stein
Course Number: 10172