Conservation Leadership Through Learning

The Alliance was delighted to have an opportunity to host the first cohort of Colorado State University’s (CSU) Conservation Leadership Through Learning Master’s program at our May 2011 Board meeting. This innovative program trains the next generation of conservation leaders in science, leadership, and management. The program merges trans-disciplinary University education with real-world action to create on-the-ground benefits for conservation and communities. The result is a highly integrated learning experience developed by Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability in partnership with El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) in Mexico.

These bright and energetic students spent time visiting Alliance ranches and also presented to the Alliance board and staff on the challenges and opportunities of collaborative conservation through a series of case studies. Alliance members, students, and faculty met for two days of on-the-ground tours and discussions about land management and collaborative conservation efforts. Faculty, who were comprised of individuals from CSU, ECOSUR, The Nature Conservancy, and the Center for Collaborative Conservation, provided a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

The Alliance hopes to host the next cohort of students and the group discussed the possibility of creating an internship at the Alliance that could be filled by one of the first graduates from the program! That internship was filled in 2014 with Mikinzie Moydell.