Collaborative Conservation: Partnerships in Practice

Collaborative Conservation: Partnerships in Practice (C2P2) is designed for federal employees actively involved in community-based partnerships who want to further develop their understanding and use of social science concepts, practices, and tools to strengthen community engagement and achieve long-term human and ecological outcomes.

This advanced-level course builds on the foundational skills taught in the Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy: Managing by Network course. Through lecture, facilitated discussion, case study presentations, panel discussions, selected reading and peer-learning participants will interact with instructors, partnership practitioners, and each other.

  • Instructors will share concepts for framing and adapting partnership strategies, the latest models and practices identified through social science research, and new social science tools to enhance community engagement.
  • Partnership practitioners will share lessons learned from the field and how enduring partnerships overcame barriers and emerging partnerships opportunities can be aligned to respond to today's conservation priorities.
  • Participants will share a specific partnership opportunity and/or challenge to discuss and brainstorm with the class and instructional team.
  • Participants will cultivate their partnership and community collaboration competencies, and then transfer and apply their understanding of practices featured in the course to their partnerships and collaborative networks.

2021 Course Format: 33 training hours

20.5 hours of classroom meetings includes 9 live webinars scheduled over three weeks.

8.5 hours of independent study features selected reading in preparation for classroom discussion, scheduled over three weeks.

4 hours of classroom meetings includes 2 live webinars for course participants to share their experience of applying new partnership strategies with each other and instructors, to be held 10 weeks following completion of instructional content.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the competencies needed for developing successful collaborative partnerships.
  • Identify the skills and expertise found in successful partnerships and transfer that knowledge to their partnerships.
  • Apply knowledge gained in working across program lines to develop creative, visionary conservation actions that lead to on-the-ground partnership accomplishments; and
  • Employ sound techniques to leverage conservation resources effectively, including people and materials.

Prerequisites: It is recommended but not mandatory that participants complete the Partnerships and Community Collaboration: Managing by Network course (CLM8123) before attending this class.

Lead Instructors

Anne Desmarais


Liz Madison

Senior Fellow


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