CSU Extension Land Stewardship Program

Curriculum

Land Management Training Online from CSU

Mastery Badge

To earn the CSU Extension Land Stewardship Mastery Badge, you must complete all Quest and Trek Badges. To sign up for the Mastery Badge, and receive the most value, register for NRBB 1010.

NRBB 1010 – CSU Extension Land Stewardship (Mastery Badge) | $289


Quest Badges

Quest Badges include groups of courses bundled together for a 10 percent discounted price. These badges help students specialize in specific topic areas.

NRBB 1020 – Quest Badge 1: Stewardship Planning and Sustainability | $126

The Stewardship Planning and Sustainability Quest Badge consists of three courses dedicated to various aspects of stewardship and sustainability. Participants will be introduced to the dynamic relationships between natural resources (soil, water, plants, animals, air, and humans) and explore challenges unique to their property — soil health and water security, specifically.

Participants will:

  • Develop S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) goals for their property.
  • Utilize tools to understand driving variables in the systems that help inform land management decisions.
  • Learn the fundamentals of soil health and management (physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils).
  • Learn five soil health principles and how they work as a sustainable approach to long-term soil health.
  • Explore how water laws guarantee security, assure reliability, and create flexibility in the development and protection of water resources in Colorado.

NRBB 1030 – Quest Badge 2: Managing Forage Plants and Noxious Weeds | $90

The Managing Forage Plants and Noxious Weeds Quest Badge consists of two courses: Management of Forage Plants, and Management of Invasive and Noxious Weeds. Together, these courses tackle issues such as reseeding, balancing livestock needs with the needs of the pasture, grazing strategies, pasture establishment and renovation options, as well as weed management, and integrated pest management principles.

Participants will:

  • Develop a pasture management plan.
  • Explore how grasses and pasture plants grow.
  • Identify specific grass and forb species, understand their life cycles and growth patterns, and apply that understanding to basic principles of grazing management.
  • Learn to identify, prevent, and the manage weeds on their property.
  • Learn integrated pest management (IPM) principles in which mechanical, biological, and chemical controls are discussed.
  • Explore organic control options, as well as chemical controls.

NRBB 1040 – Quest Badge 3: Wildlife Management and Emergency Preparedness | $90

The Wildlife Management and Emergency Preparedness Quest Badge consists of two courses: Management of Wildlife in Colorado, and Emergency Preparedness. Management of Wildlife tackles issues such as: types of wildlife (permanent, seasonal, and migratory residents), types of diseases that wildlife can bring to the area, and how to attract and deter wildlife. Emergency Preparedness focuses on safeguarding yourself and your family in an emergency. In this the course, you will identify and discuss risks to your property and develop a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to identify wildlife that are permanent, seasonal, or migratory residents.
  • Identify diseases that wildlife can carry.
  • Understand the needs and habits of local wildlife.
  • Learn how water and habitat are important components to attracting wildlife, and the tools necessary for deterring wildlife.
  • Identify risks on their property and surrounding areas.
  • Develop an emergency preparedness plan.

Trek Badges: Individual Courses

If you prefer, pick individual badges based on your interests and needs. Each individual Trek Badge earned will apply toward a Quest Badge, as well as the Mastery Badge.

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