Build Collaboration Skills, Tools & Capacity

WCCN Events & Trainings

Peer to Peer Exchange for Conservation Practitioners: Tips, Tools and Techniques

WCCN’s monthly happy hour provides an opportunity for conservation practitioners to: build social and professional connections, sharpen collaboration skills, and co-learn and problem solve with peers.

Next Happy Hour: TBD


Past Collaboration Conversations:

Connecting Collaboration, Well being & Social Science, Emily Jane Davis, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Oregon State University, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Forestry and Natural Resources Extension.

Facilitating Collaborative Groups-Successes & Challenges, Laura Calandrella, author of “Our Next Evolution: Transforming Collaborative Leadership To Shape Our Planet’s Future”

Emerging Leaders: Identifying Goals, Needs and Opportunities for the Next Generation of Conservationists

Session #4: Identifying Opportunities For Moving Forward
Session 3#: Barriers Emerging Leaders Face
Session #2:  Career Paths
Session #1: Needs and Opportunities

Want to propose a topic, question, or theme? Contact Heather Knight 


Past Trainings:

Creating Videos to Tell Your Story
Two virtual training sessions by Jesse Grace from CSU providing an introduction to shooting video and editing and video production.

Video recording of Session 1
Slideshow of Session 1
Video recording of Session 2
Slideshow of Session 2

Facilitation Training on Group Power Dynamics
View the CCC’s two-hour facilitation training that focused on group power dynamics. This training included practice scenarios with trained facilitators from the Center for Public Deliberation at CSU.

Crafting Your Story

How to Build a Story Map – Mapping for Collaboration Webinar Series

Note for March Sessions: A User, Publisher, or Administrator role in an ArcGIS organization is required. Get a free trial at

Collaboration Training and Resources

Collaboration Resource Finder Tool (CRaFT)

CRaFT is a growing database of learning opportunities and resources to build collaborative capacity of community members working together to conserve their well-being and natural resources.

This tool allows you to search our database, find trainings and resources, update records, add new activities, and rate the quality of each.

Organizational Capacity Building Programs


WCCN was launched during an inaugural Confluence 2020 event held at Colorado State University, March 10th – 12th, 2020. Members of collaborative conservation groups and their support organizations gathered from across the West to CONNECT to peers, CONVENE to learn new collaboration skills and practice new tools, and CATALYZE action on issues that limit conservation success.

Find more information on Confluence 2020 HERE.

Next Confluence coming September 19-21, 2022, Paradise Valley, Montana!

We Believe
The Western Collaborative Conservation Network believes  that increased collaboration builds stronger communities and creates enduring conservation actions.

Contact: Heather Knight, Associate Director of Practice, Center for Collaborative Conservation,

Stay Tuned! New and improved WCCN website coming soon.