Collaborative Leadership Course

Unleash the Power of Collaboration!


Improve or develop the collaboration that your park needs. Join the Collaborative Leadership Course, an online learning community for national park professionals and partners looking to grow their collaborative skillset. The Collaborative Leadership Course will provide participants with a suite of collaborative tools, practices, and approaches, including lessons on:

  • Setting Your Park Up for Collaborative Success

  • Soft Skills for Collaborative Leaders

  • Building Sustainable Collaboratives

  • Facilitation for Collaboration

  • Overcoming Obstacles and Setbacks

  • Creating Collaborative Feedback Loops

The course will feature interview-style webinars that highlight experienced collaborators who will share their hard-earned insights and lessons learned. These collaboration experts bring know-how to participants’ projects through (optional) mentorship, additional resources and prompts that guide reflection, and inspire new approaches.

The Community
Tap into the insights and experience of park professionals around the country. Throughout the course, participants receive thought-partnership and personalized support from their peers. Participants are buddied up for monthly calls to deepen learning of webinar content. Buddies encourage one another and help brainstorm and find solutions for their collaborative initiatives.

The Commitment
Participants can expect to invest eight hours per month engaging and supporting the learning community. Participants have hour long buddy calls each month in addition to monthly webinars, which are held on the third Tuesday of the month.

Scheduled Webinars:
June 19, 2018
July 17, 2018
August 21, 2018
September 18, 2018
October 23, 2018

Webinars will be happening at the same time and will be set based off the availability and time zones of the participants. Potential participants should be available for all scheduled webinars.
We ask that participants are committed to learning in community and learning in dialogue. This means fully bringing their experience, encouragement, and voice to the webinars and buddy calls. Participants should be prepared to take initiative to seek additional support from mentors and receive/give thoughtful feedback and advice. Ideally, participants are ready to integrate lessons learned into existing collaborative initiatives or be at the visioning stage of new collaborative projects.

We ask that interested park professionals fill out a quick application so that we can know more about their collaborative goals.

Questions? Email Elyse Rainey at or Moses Chun @ e-mail us.

The Collaborative Leadership Course is brought to you by Institute at Golden Gate and Stewardship Institute. The Institute at Golden Gate, a program of Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and a non-profit partner of the National Park Service, envisions parks as catalysts for social good, making them more vibrant, relevant, and valuable for all.

Last updated: March 22, 2019