Conscious Conservation: Less Doing, More Being

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Conscious Conservation: Less Doing, More Being
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(352) 265-0111
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
4800 SW 35th Drive
Gainesville, Florida 32608


Course credit: CE Course, 16 CE hours or 2 CEUs. 

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General information

Course Delivery:

This course is taught entirely online as a self-paced independent study. The course will be delivered using the UF centrally supported learning management system, CANVAS. Students must have a Gator Link ID to access e-learning at:

Course Contact:

Always contact Teachers by email within the CANVAS course

Please allow 48 hours for a response

Instructor: Hayley R. Adams, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, DACVM
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Student Support Services:

In the event that you have technical difficulties with this course, please contact the UF Computing Help Desk either by email or calling (352) 392-4357 - select option 1.
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Phone: (352) 392-HELP (4357)

Course Description:

Conscious Conservation is an antidote to the "doom & gloom" so pervasive in modern conservation.

-Are you feeling disillusioned, frustrated, or angry about the state of our planet today?
-Do you feel overwhelmed and unsure how to meaningfully contribute given the magnitude of the challenges we face in modern conservation?
-Do you blame humans for the current conservation crisis?
-Are you exhausted by the seemingly endless barrage of depressing news about the loss of wildlife species, destruction of native habitat, and human-induced stress globally?
-Do you wish to see positive change that will protect wildlife, preserve biodiversity, and enhance ecohealth globally?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this course is for you.

Course goal: Conscious Conservation will help you transform both your perception of as well as your approach to conservation by focusing first on creating the inner shifts necessary to transform the challenges you face as a conservationist.

Course objectives:
-Conscious Conservation will help you transform both your perception of as well as your approach to conservation by focusing first on creating the inner shifts necessary to transform the challenges you face as a conservationist

-By transforming your mindset and approach through Conscious Conservation, you will help to create the world you wish to see through the power of inspiration rather than through force

-Conscious Conservation will lead you through three significant shifts: a shift in your point of view, a shift in your mindset, and a shift in your approach

-You will learn to practice the tenets of Conscious Conservation, including principles such as including humans as an interdependent component of the ecosystem, and seeing opportunities in the challenges we face, rather than seeing obstacles

-As a conscious conservationist, you will work with humans rather than against them to transform the challenges of modern conservation

You are a key player in the movement to transform our future. The time is now for you to take positive action.
Are you ready to become a Conscious Conservationist?

Course Materials:

Required Texts and Resources:

1. You will be provided a free PDF copy of the book, Conscious Conservation: Less Doing, More Being

  1. You will be provided a free copy of a complementary workbook to go along with the course
  2. You are welcome to join our Facebook community of Conscious Conservationists here.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Outline & Schedule:

The suggested course pace consists of one video lecture per week, one book chapter and one workbook section per week. You are however welcome to watch the videos and work on assignments at your own pace. At the suggested pace, be prepared to spend 60-90 minutes per week on this course (including reading the book and working in your workbook).

Video lecture lengths are listed in parentheses below.

Week 1: Introduction
Welcome (12:03)
Notes before you get started (1:38)
Conscious Conservation E-book Download
Conscious Conservation Workbook Download
Join our Facebook Group for Conscious Conservation
Introduction to the Course (29:19)
Week 2-5: Module II: A Shift in Perspective
Module II Intro (3:46)
Unconscious versus Conscious Conservation (24:33)
Shifting our Perspective of a Conservationist (18:40)
Shifting our Perspective of Humans (24:30)
Shifting our Perspective of Conservation (79:05)
Week 6-9: Module III: Shifting our Mindset
Module III Intro (2:23)
A Mentality of Abundance (29:49)
Less Ego, More Eco (60:23)
The Compassionate Warrior (33:31)
Compassionate Conservation (49:23)
Week 10-14: Module IV: Shifting our Approach
Module IV Intro (2:00)
Solving Human-Based Problems (50:01)
Inspirational Conservation (41:41)
The Deep Dive (51:36)
Intuitive Conservation (42:37)
The Way Forward (36:27)

In order to receive CE credit and your Certificate of Completion you will submit a short essay (one-page, single spaced, 12 point font)  describing what you learned throughout the course and how you can apply this knowledge to your work in conservation (your workbook will come in handy for this assignment).  Alternately you may turn in your completed workbook for credit. If you have any questions about this assignment please email me at

This course provides you with approximately 16 hours of content and is the equivalent of 2 CEUs. Your CE will be awarded by a certificate of completion that you will receive once you submit a satisfactory final assignment. Multiple attempts are allowed. 

About your Instructor:

Dr. Hayley R. Adams

I’m so happy to have you here! I’ve been traveling the globe, pursuing my passion for wildlife conservation, vet med, and One Health, and journeying to better myself for years. And now I wish to share this journey with you.

To inspire you to be the change you wish to see in the world.
My Purpose:
To empower you to live your purpose, creating a signature positive impact in the world–for humanity, for animals, or for the planet.
My Mission:
To transform our global ecological challenges into opportunities for greatness, by transforming humankind to become better stewards of Mother Nature.
My Vision:
For humankind to live in such a way that we collectively reverse the current global ecological crises and live in balance with Mother Nature.
I welcome you to join me so that I can support you in pursuing your own unique passion, and empower you to reach your greatest aspirations in life. Drop me a note and let me know what brought you here. I would love to connect.

More about me:

I have over 20 years of experience in wildlife veterinary medicine, conservation, and issues related to One Health in Africa, and have had the pleasure of working with a variety of domestic and wild animals over the years. I created a charitable organization, Silent Heroes Foundation, in 2010 as a way of contributing to conservation & One Health efforts in Africa. I am a veterinarian, and have a PhD in wildlife epidemiology and virology. I am a board certified Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Microbiology. I currently teach conservation medicine and related courses at the University of Florida. I am a Certified Meditation Instructor & Compassion Fatigue Therapist in order to better assist those in my profession who may be suffering in silence. I am an author with my first book, Conscious Conservation: Less Doing, More Being, available now.-- 

With Gratitude,

Hayley R. Adams, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, DACVM

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~Gandhi

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