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Wildlife biology, plant ecology, and other natural resource sciences remain fundamental to conservation, but to ultimately succeed, conservation practitioners must learn the people side of the equation — listening and communicating, working with stakeholders, and more. Through coursework and experiential learning, we help both students and professionals develop the knowledge and skills necessary for collaborative conservation.


The CCC Fellows Program funds students, faculty, and practitioners to use a collaborative approach to achieving conservation goals while improving their livelihoods. Fellows participate in cohort problem solving and receive training on design and implement conservation projects using collaborative methods.
The Western Collaborative Conservation Network (WCCN) links hundreds of people across nine states to build capacity for community-based collaborative conservation. The WCCN offers a variety of ways for practitioners to build skills and learn new tools, including communities of practice, webinars and in-person trainings, and Confluence, a regular gathering for networking and peer-to-peer learning.

The Collaboration Resource Finder Tool (CRaFT) is a searchable database of more than 300 organizations and programs that can help you build skills and find tools to make you more effective in your collaborative conservation work.

WCNR Field Course

The Warner College of Natural Resources is home to world-class faculty and staff who teach many aspects of conservation, including skills, tools, and approaches for collaborative conservation. There are many courses at CSU relevant to Collaborative Conservation.