Education and Training

Education and Training

What We Offer 

The Public Lands Alliance provides critical partnership and leadership training to public land nonprofits and their agency partners. Backed by the field experiences of our membership, best practices in nonprofit management, and an understanding of the policies guiding public-private partnerships within the context of public lands agencies, we have developed a strong, effective knowledge base that is widely recognized across the public lands industry. We offer exceptional sessions and workshops for nonprofit and agency leadership and staff through a variety of programs:

Web Chats and Webinars

Through our web chats, webinars and webinar series, the public lands community learns about important issues affecting partnerships, operations, communications, and more. These events are facilitated by Alliance staff and led by industry experts but participants play a role as well through chat features and polls that invite new ideas and suggestions to the community.

Partnership Academy

Our signature event, the academy was restructured in 2013 from an onsite training to an online training. Public lands agencies and like-mission nonprofits are transforming their organizations to meet new demands with limited resources. Central to this transformation is a renewed commitment to partnerships—requiring different approaches, working in new ways, and across different organizational cultures. The challenge is to align and leverage resources, effectively engaging agency employees and nonprofit partners in designing a joint vision for the future through cost-effective delivery.

Customized Trainings

With nearly 40 years of experience, we have developed a strong knowledge base and expertise unique to the public lands community that is recognized for its value by our member associations as well as federal and state lands agencies. We can provide programs to meet your specific needs and training designed just for you. Courses are taught by Alliance staff, members and experienced contractors selected for their skills, training expertise, and proficiency in the subject matter.

Educational Topics Include:

  • Agency Agreements
  • Educational Outreach
  • Customer Service
  • Fundraising/Friend-Raising
  • Human Resources
  • Merchandising
  • Nonprofit Governance
  • Partnerships
  • Sales Outlet Assessments
  • Sound Financial Practices
  • Strategic Planning
  • Succession Planning

Strategic Planning In Tandem

In the public lands industry, strategic planning takes on a new dynamic—the necessity to think strategically in tandem to create a shared vision in order to work toward achieving the goals of the partnership. With its strong knowledge base backed by the field experiences of its membership, best practices in nonprofit management and an understanding of the policies guiding public-private partnerships within the context of public lands agencies, the Public Lands Alliance is well-equipped to facilitate a high-quality, focused strategic thinking and planning process to help your organization ensure its continued viability.

Partnership Assessments

This process will provide an informed and impartial review of the member’s partnership with the agency. Efforts will focus on foundational best practices of partnership as outlined in our partnership assessment tool and core curriculum, as well as specifics within the organization’s agreement with the agency. Though a consultation will be based on existing information and current practices, the outcomes will be future-oriented and will strive to assist the nonprofit and the agency toward achieving the following benchmarks:

  • The agency and the organization’s efforts are mission-based, complementary and focused toward a common vision.
  • Senior level support and communication from both the agency and the organization enables the partnership to work effectively.
  • Decision-making reflects clarity and transparency in shared information and communications.
  • The partnership functions in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust that is visible at all levels of operations.

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Convention & Trade Show

Our annual convention and trade show brings together nonprofit organizations and land management agencies who work to protect, conserve and enhance visitors’ experiences on public lands. Educational programming is designed to build the capacity of nonprofit public lands partners and to give government leaders the tools necessary to help fulfill their agency missions.

Future Dates and Locations

  • February 25 – March 1, 2018 in Palm Springs, California at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center

    Exhibitor Booth Registration:

    • September 12, 2017 - Open to Benefactors

    • September 19, 2017 - Open to Contributors

    • September 26, 2017 - Open to General Public

  • February 24 – February 28, 2019 in Denver, Colorado at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel

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"The Public Lands Alliance Convention and Trade Show is invaluable to Grand Teton Association. Not only are the educational sessions geared toward our public lands community, the vendors at the trade show know our audience and showcase products that speak to our visitors."Jan Lynch Grand Teton Association

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"I thought the session was upbeat and positive - just the right kind of training you want for this topic!" BethAnn Herman Black Hills Parks and Forests Association

"The Partnership Academy was an excellent opportunity to learn and share and grow in our partnership. It gave me credentials to stand on in pushing for a stronger relationship with my agency." Partnership Academy Participant