Collaborative Conservation: Partnerships in Practice


Course Date: August 27 - 29, 2019

Location: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

Who Should Attend: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees who are actively involved in community-based conservation partnerships and possess foundational partnership and collaboration skills, specifically those who attended the Partnership and Community Collaboration: Managing by Network course (CLM8123) and those from landscape conservation cooperatives, the Refuge System, Ecological Services, Fisheries, and the Partners Program.

Course Description: This advanced-level course builds on the foundational skills taught in the Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy: Managing by Network course (CLM8123).

This course is designed for those actively involved in community-based partnerships who want to develop their skills more fully and move their partnerships forward. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with partners who are currently involved in successful community-based conservation partnership initiatives.

Through case studies and discussions, conservation leaders will share lessons learned, as well as the strategies, tools, and techniques that have made their partnerships successful. Participants will cultivate their professional competencies for partnership and community collaboration by learning from others' experiences of real-world implementation and then transferring and applying that knowledge to their partnerships.

After the course, one webinar will be held where participants will report how they applied the training and the progress they made as a result.


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

  1. Demonstrate the competencies needed for developing successful collaborative partnerships;
  2. Identify the skills and expertise found in successful partnerships and transfer that knowledge to their partnerships;
  3. Apply knowledge gained in working across program lines to develop creative, visionary conservation actions that lead to on-the-ground partnership accomplishments; and
  4. Employ sound techniques to leverage conservation resources effectively, including people and materials.
  5. Prerequisites: It is recommended but not mandatory that participants complete the Partnerships and Community Collaboration: Managing by Network course (CLM8123) before attending this class.

Liz Madison

Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy

Frank Muth

Curriculum Manager
National Conservation Training Center
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Wylie Carr

Social Scientist
Southeast Regional Office
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Susan Goodwin

Facilitator, Mediator, Trainer
DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution


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