Education Sessions

Education Sessions

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  • Sunday, February 25, 2018

  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am


  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am


  • Monday, February 26, 2018

  • 8:00 am


  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am

    Whether you’re looking to build a stronger knowledge base, polish your skills or simply learn “how the other half lives,” the Public Lands Nonprofit Boot Camp will bring the nonprofit world into sharper focus. Perfect for leaders and future leaders of both nonprofits and land management agencies, this three-part Boot Camp will look at best practices for important management and operations functions of nonprofit organizations as well as those practices that fit into building your public lands partnerships.


  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am

    Mobile apps are an essential part of a visitor’s toolkit. So, how can you leverage mobile technology to deliver interpretive content, provide offline access to essential info, and communicate with visitors? In this session, you'll learn how to merge storytelling and tech to meet organizational and educational goals. We'll share best practices for developing a mobile strategy and have interactive demos of bluetooth beacon triggers, hands-free touring, push notification alerts, and storytelling with augmented reality.


  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am

    Increasingly, nonprofit organizations and land management agencies are being asked to demonstrate their impact with quantifiable data. But the request is not just for more data - it’s the right data. Increased skills in effective gathering can translate into better connections with stakeholders and the leveraging of new resources. In this session, we’ll explore metrics evolution as a launch point for participants to re-envision their outcomes, identify meaningful metrics, and sustain stakeholders’ support for a broad range of programs within their organizations.


  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am

    Local voices are more important than ever in ensuring public lands remain protected. Thus, it's important that partners are confident in using their voices in support of public lands. This interactive session will take you through a series of exercises that will enable you to better understand your personal influence, and more effectively develop and deliver compelling messages that engage and influence decision makers and potential supporters. A perfect preparation for your next visit with a member of Congress, potential sponsor, or future board member.


  • 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm

    Fundraising Deep Dive - Session Under Development


  • 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm

    Following its merger, Yellowstone Forever, developed a 6Q iterative planning and budgeting process that has significantly improved its capacity to look forward, by offering to partners, board, and staff relevant information that is clear and transparent. The process also helped to form a culture of planning and collaboration between functions of the organization. Join us as we explore the practices that led to its development and the potential to apply the process to your organization.


  • 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm

    As critical decisions about our public lands are made by elected officials at the national, state, and local levels, the American public depends more than ever on citizen support groups to be the advocacy voice. Relationships with decision-makers must be built and maintained so that critical information influences their decisions. This workshop will address ways to engage every board member in ongoing advocacy efforts, craft effective messages, and build coalitions to influence decision-makers.


  • 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm

    Whether you’re looking to build a stronger knowledge base, polish your skills or simply learn “how the other half lives,” the Public Lands Nonprofit Boot Camp will bring the nonprofit world into sharper focus. Perfect for leaders and future leaders of both nonprofits and land management agencies, this three-part Boot Camp will look at best practices for important management and operations functions of nonprofit organizations as well as those practices that fit into building your public lands partnerships.


  • 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

    How about 15 of the best no-cost, low cost ideas from successful retailers across the country—ideas that retailers can implement as soon as they return to their stores!? We’re talking innovative ways to meet and exceed what customers want, plus ideas to personalize and expand the in-store experience. From events, promotions, technology, marketing, store operations and more, this session will be loaded with extremely implementable retail ideas.


  • 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

    Meet the Omni Consumer, a consumer with lots of choices who buys from multiple channels and wants a unique experience from a visit to your store. Omni's are everywhere; every age and level of internet-savvy; they can buy what you sell just about anywhere, so your store better live up to their expectations. This session will share who they are, what they expect, and what it takes to engage them both in-store and online.


  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    A growing amount of research demonstrates that traditional environmental education, independent of more hands-on activities and action-based knowledge, does not promote conservation-based behaviors. Therefore, it is necessary for public land agencies and their partners to explore new ways to connect people to the land and foster a stewardship ethic in young people. This session will explore how one nonprofit strives to tackle this challenge and provide lessons learned from 15 years of managing a conservation corps for college students.


  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    The Board of Directors of the Friends of Ottawa NWR had big goals but few resources. Refuge staff loved their friends but were becoming increasingly frustrated. Then, astonishingly, the friends board transformed itself, gaining clarity around mission and vision, recruiting experienced board members, focusing on infrastructure, and planning for the future. The results have been remarkable. Join us to see how the friends transitioned from being relatively small to one that is much more visible, better funded, and better able to provide for the refuge.


  • 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

    Partnership forums are hosted by high-level land management agency leaders and are designed to create candid discussions with their nonprofit partner. Each forum will not only tackle the trends, policies and issues specific to that agency, but will seek to address questions such as, what have we learned from the administration in the past year, what opportunities and challenges should we expect the agency to tackle in the coming year, and more.


  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018

  • 9:15 am - 6:00 pm

    The trade show will be open for 15+ hours for buyers to meet with new and returning exhibitors, place orders, request samples and explore new products and services.


  • 10:15 am - 11:30 am

    Partnership forums are hosted by high-level land management agency leaders and are designed to create candid discussions with their nonprofit partner. Each forum will not only tackle the trends, policies and issues specific to that agency, but will seek to address questions such as, what have we learned from the administration in the past year, what opportunities and challenges should we expect the agency to tackle in the coming year, and more.


  • 10:15 am - 11:30 am

    Organizations are frequently charged to deliver the same or greater impact with fewer resources. But embracing innovation for greater impact can be an exercise in futility if an organization doesn’t embrace the diversity of mindset. Without an outlet of creative flexibility, organizations flounder. Enter co-creation. Co-creation strategies (i.e., thinking collaboratively) succeed best when organizations break down boundaries and embrace creative ways to work together. Join us as we explore strategies that have yielded new fuel to deliver on mission and increase meaningful impact.


  • 10:15 am - 11:30 am

    Ensuring staff members are aligned with strategic goals and objectives is a vital component of organizational success. In this session, participants will learn how to establish performance goals and core competencies that drive purpose, impart shared vision, and directly impact organizational achievement and growth. We’ll put tactical tools into practice during this interactive session to help participants define strategies to attract, retain and grow top talent on a tight budget.


  • 10:15 am - 11:30 am

    Reduced budgets frequently result in lower staffing levels, adversely impacting opportunities to engage the public in quality environmental education and interpretive programming on public lands. Self-guided trail adventures circumvent low staffing and allow visitors to experience the natural, cultural, and historic resources a site has to offer on their own time and at their own pace. In this session, we’ll learn why self-guided trails provide maximum flexibility and are preferred by visitors, while exploring the best-practices for designing fun, engaging self-guided adventures.


  • 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

    Partnership forums are hosted by high-level land management agency leaders and are designed to create candid discussions with their nonprofit partner. Each forum will not only tackle the trends, policies and issues specific to that agency, but will seek to address questions such as, what have we learned from the administration in the past year, what opportunities and challenges should we expect the agency to tackle in the coming year, and more.


  • 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

    California State Parks is engaging in a new partnership models. Join us as we first provide a brief overview of some the different partnership models that CSP is involved in, how that reflects the agency’s new approach to partnerships, and the opportunities that presents. Then, we’ll delve into Redwoods Rising and One Tam, two new collaboratives that showcase how agencies and NGOs are working together to leverage funding, public support, and staff expertise and capacity to achieve more together than they could alone.


  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Meet the Fisheries for Veterans Project - an innovative partnership that works with local communities to help design, develop and conduct activities connecting veterans and their families, the community, government programs, and non-profit organizations. We’ll explore the case for promoting inclusiveness, better connection, and empowerment for an often overlooked group.


  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Effective public-private partnerships build savvy and resilient networks to anticipate resistance, navigate change, and respond in sensitive situations. This session explores key behaviors, skills, and practices for building savvy and internal/external awareness in partnerships. It provides a framework for taking proactive and responsive action in challenging scenarios. Through gap-assessments, 1:1 dialogue, group discussion and a small group exercise, participants will build confidence and competence to apply best practices for sustaining partnerships through ups and downs.


  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Your donors are testing you! Donors today are not only interested in your organization’s impact, but also in the level of professionalism you show each day in how they are treated, how responsive you are and how grateful you are for their commitment to you. In this session, we will explore best practices for your organization and how to steward successful and sustainable relationships with your donors. Learn how to pass your donor's test!


  • 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

    Partnership forums are hosted by high-level land management agency leaders and are designed to create candid discussions with their nonprofit partner. Each forum will not only tackle the trends, policies and issues specific to that agency, but will seek to address questions such as, what have we learned from the administration in the past year, what opportunities and challenges should we expect the agency to tackle in the coming year, and more.


  • 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

    The current political, economic, and social climate calls for increased rigor and accountability at nearly every level of organizational and agency function. The strategic business planning framework merges the traditional disciplines of strategic planning and business planning into a format that meshes perfectly at the intersection of public, private, and governmental operations and partnerships. Increasingly, leaders and managers are asked to do more with less, work in partnership, and prioritize one needed option over another. This workshop provides a framework for making just those decisions.


  • 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

    Since 2014, several researchers have explored the function, practices, impact, and challenges of an emerging multi-agency land stewardship collaborative – the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC) in Marin County, California. Highlights are captured in three published case studies, which reveal approximately 12 key “lessons learned” that were essential to guiding the TLC’s early success. Join us as we uncover and explore those lessons through stories and facilitated small group peer exchange to help workshop participants achieve collaborative outcomes.


  • 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

    Reference Manual #32 requires that NPS park management and the Cooperating Association prepare an annual operating plan that is subject to the Superintendent's approval. This interactive session will provide background on the purpose and value of these plans, provide samples and standard templates, and allow time to begin drafting your annual plan. While not required, the session is most beneficial when the Agency and Association partners attend together.


  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018

  • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

    The trade show will be open for 15+ hours for buyers to meet with new and returning exhibitors, place orders, request samples and explore new products and services.


  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Are you your organization’s finance director? Accountant? CFO? Bookkeeper? Treasurer? Join your colleagues to discuss what financial sustainability means to you and to the nonprofit partners of public lands. Agency partners - come understand how your partners view financial sustainability and what it takes to assure they will be supporting you in the future.


  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Citizen science can be an effective tool to support the missions and meet the research needs of land management agencies across the US. In this session, we’ll introduce an innovative approach to citizen science focused on building effective partnerships to drive conservation impacts. We’ll open up a discussion on how leadership can emerge in partnerships between nonprofit organizations and land management agencies by highlighting successful project processes and outcomes of our own.


  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Public lands have always been an inspiration for artists, from Ansel Adams to Christo. Much of the inspiration manifests itself in traditional artist-in-residence programs. What happens when an artist wants to install a large scale projection in an Army Corps facility in Minnesota or use Alcatraz as a venue for an exhibit about human rights? Join us as we delve into such art installations on our public lands and engage in a discussion regarding issues of mission, resource protection, permitting, visitor experience, and free speech.


  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    Fundraising Round Robin – Session Under Development


  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    As a community, how do we use our 990s and Guidestar to tell a compelling story about our work for public lands? At the 2017 convention, members called for the development of guidelines and best practice standards. This session will provide feedback to CEOs and financial staff on the recommendations of the Sunday pre-convention workshop on 990 and Guidestar best practices.


  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    For over a decade, the Student Conservation Association has worked in partnership with the BLM, NPS and nonprofit organizations on desert restoration, inventory and monitoring, and engaging young adult teams and interns to develop a model for large-scale public lands stewardship efforts. Join us as we explore how to: fund such a comprehensive program, mitigate risk, address land and resource management issues, share leadership roles, involve public lands nonprofits, and more!


  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    From individuals passionate about conservation to state and federal agencies, public lands-focused nonprofits receive support from a range of sources. How can these nonprofits use government dollars to energize donors and leverage private support to enhance relationships with public agencies? Our panel of leaders from around the country will explore this question, drawing on real-world experiences and focusing how nonprofits can optimize their partnerships with land management agencies to illuminate what it takes to build mission-moving partnerships.


  • 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

    According to the California State Parks Forward Commission, there is increasing recognition of the barriers that must be overcome to improve access to California State Parks, especially for low-income individuals and families living in California’s urban communities. Through the Community Liaison Project, State Parks has the opportunity to build upon best practices from other arenas and adapt them to the operations and conditions of state park units. Join us as we discuss the project and how it is so critical for the long-term success of the state park system.


  • 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

    The niche of nonprofits and their role in retail, awareness, and education is one-of-a-kind. Recognizing the premium of eye balls, shelf space, and location coupled with leveraging the “other side” of your business can take your organization to new levels - a purchase can be an ordinary souvenir or an exclamation point. Join us in this lively, interactive session as we highlight how collaboration with vendors can be a boon to nonprofits’ mandate as we explore what works ... and what doesn’t.


  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm


  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    As a buyer, your job is to bring in the right amount of inventory at the right price and the right time. Easy, right? Your job is also to know how and when to move that inventory out. In this interactive session, you’ll learn what’s needed to leverage inventory in order to get the greatest return on your inventory investment.


  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is more than a field institute - it also binds the gateway communities to the park and the Joshua Tree National Park Association through its programs. Join us as we go beyond the “typical” field institute objectives of educating visitors: building large volunteer teams, offering college credit, involving service members, and building relationships with the local community as well as land management agencies to build a stronger, more effective organization.


  • 4:30 pm