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Confluence (n)
“A coming or flowing together, the junction of two rivers, especially rivers of approximately equal width, an act or process of merging, joining, meeting place, gathering, a point of mixing”.

Registration is now open!

Join us for Confluence on September 19-21, 2022 in beautiful Paradise Valley, Montana

We are looking forward to gathering in-person and re-connect as a network with members across 11 states, to convene and discuss pressing issues in our collaborative work, and catalyze action as well as provide capacity-building opportunities to participants. We hope you’ll be able to join us in Montana! 

As many of you are aware, in June 2022 there was a major flooding event in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding areas. Confluence 2022 will not be impacted by this flooding aside from some minor adjustments of field trips. Our contacts in Montana, including Chico Hot Springs Resort and our Montana partners, closely monitored the situation and determined that the event was good to move forward as planned.

Confluence 2022 will focus on three key collaborative conservation topics:

Regional Governance
Cross-cultural Collaboration

We will also take a deep look at Paradise Valley, Montana and use it as a lens to learn about collaborative conservation throughout the American West.

Confluence 2022 is a perfect conference for conservation practitioners, academics, students, and volunteers from across the Western United States who are experienced or interested in collaboration as a key element of their work.

Early Bird Registration ($295) has been extended to July 31! 
Regular Registration is $395 beginning August 1st.

Registration will close on August 26th or when we have filled all slots; unfortunately no on-site registration will be offered.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Full and partial scholarships, as well as travel stipends, are available. To find more information and to apply, please visit our scholarship form. Applications have been extended until July 22!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Confluence 2022 is perfect for conservationists, collaborative practitioners, local, state and federal agency members, land owners, academics, students, and community members from across the Western US who are experienced or interested in collaboration as a key element of their work.

TRAVEL LOGISTICS: Confluence 2022 will be held September 19-21, 2022, at Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa, 163 Chico Road, Pray, Montana 59065. Please note that attendees will be responsible for their own lodging plans and reservations; if you would like to stay at Chico Hot Springs, please call (406) 333-4933 and ask about the Confluence 2022 room block. It is a 1 hour drive from the Bozeman Yellowstone Airport to Chico Hot Springs. There are no regular shuttles from the airport to Chico. At this time, we suggest reserving a rental car or taxi ahead of time. We will be in contact with registrants if alternative ground transportation methods become available. Read more about alternative lodging and travel logistics here.

BENEFITS TO YOU: Come away equipped with new skills and knowledge in the practice of collaborative conservation by expanding your “collaborative toolbox”, find new inspiration in the sharing of lessons learned and by examining relevant case studies, and deepen your connections to the values, places, and people that make our work so enriching.

MENTORING OPPORTUNITY: We are looking to support emerging leaders through Confluence 2022 by connecting people looking for mentors with folks willing to support through mentorship. Be sure to let us know when you register if you are willing to mentor or if you are looking for someone to mentor you at Confluence.

PEER-TO-PEER: There will be six concurrent workshops (aka peer-to-peer sessions) that will focus on skill-building, and cross-pollination exercises that allow for enhanced networking among participants and “equipping” opportunities.  Topics of the workshops will include: (1) measuring collaborative impacts, (2) emerging leadership, (3) storytelling, communications and media, (4) conservation finance, (5) the collaborator’s toolbox, and (6) cross-cultural partnerships.

“ECO-TERRAIN” CASE STUDIES: The “Eco-terrain” case studies are four place-based scenarios in Montana that showcase new (and old) collaborative partnerships among Montana residents, and address various social and environmental challenges. Together, we will learn and problem solve through the exploration of these case studies.


With questions, please contact Aireona Raschke at

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As a Confluence 2022 sponsor, you will be recognized for your commitment to the West’s landscapes and communities and as a partner in collaboration. Your organization will be generously recognized before, during, and after the Confluence 2022 event. Learn more about how to become a sponsor, the impact you’ll make, and the benefits you’ll receive through our sponsorship invitation below. 


We would like to acknowledge and thank the funders and supporters that are making Confluence 2022 possible:

Benefactors: $10,000 and above

Alper Family Foundation
Ed Warner and Jackie Erickson

Leaders: $5,000 – $9,999

Center for Collaborative Conservation
The Kendeda Fund
University of Montana
US FWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Guarantors: $2,500 – $4,999

National Parks and Conservation Association

Champions: $1,000 – $2,499

Bill and Dana Milton
Heart of the Rockies Initiative
National Forest Foundation
World Wildlife Fund

Guardians: Up to $999

Montana Wilderness Association
SeaBird Strategies

The WCCN held its inaugural Confluence in March 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 CATALZE action on issues that limit conservation success.

The Confluence program, re-cap video, report, and post-Confluence evaluation can be found here: