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Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
University of Wyoming
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804 E Fremont St
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: (307) 766-5080
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Collaboration Program in Natural Resources, Ruckelshaus Institute

Collaborative Leadership Program for natural resource professionals in Wyoming.

2015-16 Collaboration Program in Natural Resources

The need for collaborative problem solving tools and opportunities are more necessary than ever. Wyoming is becoming more complex economically, socially, institutionally, politically, and ecologically. Many policies mandate public involvement, many stakeholders would like to be involved, and many decision-makers prefer to receive meaningful public input into complex decisions. But how can the public’s input be meaningful if the terms, concepts, and technical trade-offs are new, or distrusted, by them? 

Additionally, these decisions affect and involve participants and constituents with various values, sets of knowledge, experiences, attitudes, and beliefs, and the decisions often involve a high level of controversy. Lastly, decisions can often be complex, trans-disciplinary and very integrated, whereby one factor affects many aspects.

This Collaboration Program in Natural Resources seeks to address these challenges. Mid- and upper-level professionals and well as individuals whose work involves land or natural resource management and decision making in Wyoming and the surrounding region are invited to join.

The Collaboration Program is supported by the Spicer Family Foundation, with additional support from the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation to offset costs for students.

Program outline

The Collaboration Program in Natural Resources entails a series of five rigorous, hands-on sessions in which participants will develop collaborative problem-solving skills to address natural resource issues, followed by a skills practicum.

Self Discovery and Introduction to Concepts

June 22-24, 2015, Lander

Group Processes: Negotiation, Facilitation, and Leadership Skills

Aug 19-21, 2015, Lander

Collaboration for Communities and Landscapes, Situation Assessments, and Collaborative Process Planning

Sept 30-Oct 2, 2015, Casper

Collaborative Problem Solving at the State and County Level, Designing and Facilitating a Collaborative Process

Nov 4-6, 2015, Laramie

Collaborative Design and Communication Skills

Dec 2-4, 2015, Laramie

Practicum Presentation and Graduation

April 2016, location and date TBD

The curriculum will address all ten of the competencies outlined in the UNCG Guide to Collaborative Competencies.

Participants will have the option of earning graduate level credit from the University of Wyoming. Non-degree seeking students will be able to apply for credit through the UW Outreach School, while degree seeking UW students may apply through the University of Wyoming Haub School.

Course syllabi

Course Prospectus and Application

Click here to download the prospectus for the 2015-16 Collaboration Program in Natural Resources. Click here to download the application for the 2015-16 Collaboration Program in Natural Resources.

The deadline to apply for the 2015-16 Collaboration Program has been extended to April 15, 2015.


Dr. Jessica Clement, Research Scientist in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, directs the program. She brings expertise in collaborative governance and collaborative learning related to forests, wildlife, recreation, public lands, and other resources. Dr. Steve Smutko, Professor and Spicer Chair in Collaborative Practice, also at the Ruckelshaus Institute, co-teaches these training sessions.


Participants are required to:

  • Commit to all six sessions
  • Have supervisor’s full approval
  • Complete the Myers-Briggs Test
  • Initiate a project that applies a collaborative problem solving process


Tuition of $1000 is due at the first session. Tuition does not cover travel costs. Scholarships are available for a limited number of participants.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Clement, CPNR Director, at or (307) 766-5048.

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