Collaborative Conservation: Partnerships in Practice

Collaborative Conservation: Partnerships in Practice (C2P2) (CLM 8124) 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's Managing by Network course. Participants will cultivate their professional competencies for partnership and community collaboration by learning from conservation leaders and peer experiences of real-world implementation, and then transferring and applying that knowledge to their partnerships.

  • 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 seeking insights and feedback from peer participants and the 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.


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.

Target Audience: Federal employees who are actively involved in community-based conservation partnerships and possess foundational partnership and collaboration skills. This course is open to graduates of the Managing by Network course and those from landscape conservation cooperatives, the Refuge System, Ecological Services, Fisheries, the Coastal Program and the Partners Program of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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

Supervisor Approval: If you require supervisor approval to participate in training, you are asked to indicate your supervisor approval status on the application form. If selected for the course, we will share the selection announcement with you and your supervisor.

Course Format

  • 30 training hours, delivered onsite and online
    • 28 hours of classroom meetings includes 3.5 days onsite.
    • 2 hour live webinar for course participants to share their experience applying partnership strategies with peers and instructors. Participants are encouraged to attend all 4 webinars and expected to present at one webinar.
  • Some independent study features selected readings and applied exercises in preparation for classroom discussion.

Training Hours: 30

Undergraduate College Credits: 2; Continuing Education Units: 3

Maximum Class size: 20 participants.


Course Leader

Anne Desmarais, Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy

Anne Desmarais

Director, Academy



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