Collaboration and Engagement


Collaboration is required to respond to the ever-changing stewardship issues that today's conservation leaders face. We have demonstrated effective engagement by focusing on facilitating collaboration and dialogue among leading-edge thinkers from all levels of the conservation community. These dialogues ensure time and space for reflection and meaningful exchange. They create avenues for bringing new thinking in from the edges, often yielding transformative outcomes.

Managing by Network Training

►The Stewardship Institute will be cosponsoring the 2020 Managing by Network Course!

  • Managing by Network is designed for federal managers, specialists or front-line supervisors involved in partnership and community collaboration. Curriculum centers on the 22 partnership and community collaboration competencies defined by OPM.
  • Learn how to strengthen formal and informal partnerships and foster community stakeholder engagement. Acquire knowledge and build skills with your interagency peers. Participants learn the principles and practices of Managing by Network through interactive online training. This course includes 17 webinars hosted from January to June. Application opens in October.
  • The NPS Stewardship Institute provides a limited number of Cost-Share National Scholarships for NPS participants. The Stewardship Institute will fund $1,200 of the tuition fee for each selected participant. Recipients of the Cost-Share National Scholarships are responsible for securing a $500 tuition match from the applicant's work unit or award from an employee development program.
  • You can learn more and apply Here.

Highlighted Projects

Urban Matters
With more than 80% of the nation’s population living in urban areas, it is imperative to enhance NPS relevance and its ability to serve diverse populations. The Institute has facilitated an engagement strategy that reached across the Service and partner organizations to craft the NPS Urban Agenda. The Agenda promotes the adoption of principles of collaboration across the national park system, illustrating examples in urban areas where this already occurs. The Service identified 10 urban areas to serve as models for how NPS can apply its portfolio or resources in strategic ways based on the principles of the Agenda. Each model area will have a skilled person, an Urban Fellow, to collaborate with park and program leaders and partners. the fellow will act as a broker and facilitator in the park/city, helping to develop and maintain partnerships between the NPS, city, and community groups.

NPS Connected Conservation (formerly Scaling Up)

This initiative promotes large landscape conservation to support healthy ecosystems and cultural resources. To achieve this goal we will protect continuous corridors in five geographic regions through voluntary partnerships across public and private lands and waters, and by targeting a portion of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to make strategic land acquisitions within national parks. Goals: 1. Cultivate and achieve excellence in science, scholarship, and collaborative stewardship of cultural and natural resource corridors as a foundation for landscape-scale park planning, policy, decision making, and education that serves as a model throughout the nation and the world. 2. Facilitate the cultural awareness and understanding of large landscape conservation and partnership principles and practice necessary for NPS to lead, collaborate or engage in large landscape efforts systemically.

Two reports related to this initiative:

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Scaling Up: Collaborative Approaches to Large Landscape Conservation, 2014
Published jointly by NPS Chesapeake Bay Office and NPS Stewardship Institute
This publication contains a collection of 20 examples of parks, programs and initiatives that are already working at landscape scale. The sampling represents varied sizes, complexities, geography, and vision. They show that large landscape conservation is not new to the National Park Service. As the pace of change quickens, and the need grows, more and more parks and partners are answering the call to "scale up" their efforts.

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons: Highlights from the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation 2014
Expanding Horizons summarizes the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation. The report stresses a multi-disciplinary, networked approach to finding solutions that benefit human, wildlife, cultural and ecological health. The report was developed by QLF Atlantic Center through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service Stewardship Institute.

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Last updated: September 26, 2019