Conservation Leadership Institute


Help Build a Better Future for Jackson Hole

Do you want to help build a better future for Jackson Hole? In the Conservation Leadership Institute, you will learn to build a future where we:

  • Responsibly plan for growth and ensure our land use rules implement our community’s vision of complete neighborhoods surrounded by protected open space.
  • Protect critical wildlife and their habitat and ensure our land and wildlife management agencies have the tools necessary to do their job.
  • Make it easy, convenient, and safe for people to walk, bike, and take transit to get where they need to go.
  • Create safe ways for wildlife to cross our roads and move through our neighborhoods.
  • Make it affordable for hard working families to live here.
  • Take measures that help prevent conflicts with wildlife and prepare our community for wildfire.
  • Protect the community character that gives our valley its soul.

Together, we can make Jackson Hole
a national model of
living in balance with nature.

APPLY for the next round in Fall 2018. Applications will be available here starting July 30, with an early application deadline of August 10 and final deadline August 17, 2018. Email us if you have any questions.

Add to Your Toolbox

The Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute (CLI) is a rigorous leadership development program offered at no charge. Graduates of CLI have the skills and knowledge to organize, advocate, and hold local decision-makers accountable for building a better future for Jackson Hole. CLI starts with the basics of conservation organizing and progresses each week as participants learn and practice new skills. To help mix things up over the course of the program and cater to different learning styles, we host a number of VIP guest speakers who will speak passionately and in detail about the topic at hand, giving you firsthand knowledge from the experts.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the know-how—as well as the encouragement and support—to effectively:

  • Communicate your position to others, including elected representatives;
  • Identify, recruit, and train like-minded individuals;
  • Run a productive meeting;
  • Set specific, measurable, and attainable goals;
  • Map the route to success;
  • Execute your strategy and tactics; and
  • Lead a team to victory!

What do graduates of the first eight rounds of CLI have to say about the program?

From the first week to the last, I was able to network with like-minded individuals in a fun and engaging setting. Every one in the class was unique, and inspirational in their own way. For once, I felt connected to community members with a common vision.

— Trevor Bloom

To understand our local political process, and to understand the importance we have in this political process, is empowering, inspiring, and enjoyable.

— Abbie Bilotta

It is an incredible opportunity to gain such a focused understanding of how to become an advocate.

— Aaron Hamby

CLI reconnected me to my passion for conservation. During the eight weeks of CLI, I found a confidence and excitement in my inner being I thought died a long time ago.

— Suzanne Knighton

What the Alliance is doing for our collective future is revolutionary. From personal experience, I know that while many youth may have a vested interest in creating beneficial changes for the future, often times we do not know where and how to plugin. The Alliance has now set up the foundation for us, providing the tools, assets, and network needed to be the change.

— Ali Dunford

The course is great for people just starting out in the conservation community because it introduces them to the local issues and the skills needed to run a successful campaign. For those with more experience, it builds on the skills they have while introducing new ideas and techniques to make them more effective in their work.

— Tanya Anderson

The moment I walked into the first class I felt empowered and capable to implement change in Jackson Hole, and that is a feeling I would like everyone in this area to share.

— Peggie dePasquale

This course is an amazing opportunity for people to gain great skills and meet amazing people in the community that are interested in shaping a great future too.

— Noelle Guernsey

I have been to many leadership-type seminars before and this one was by far the most practical and applicable.

— Christy Lewis

Timeline and Schedule

CLI involves twelve 3-hour trainings every Wednesday evening from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. over the course of three months, with a break for Thanksgiving, in the Alliance conference room (685 S. Cache St). Each workshop features the following skills and issues, with VIP guest speakers from the community each night as well. The schedule for Round 8 of CLI included:

    Workshop #1
    Sep 13
    • Skill: Public Narrative (Telling your story to motivate action)
    • Issue: Wildlife Crossings
    • Speaker: Vance Carruth, Safe Wildlife Crossings for Jackson Hole
    Workshop #2
    Sep 20
    • Skill: Campaign Planning; Issue and goal setting
    • Issue: Food waste & rescue
    • Speaker: Ali Dunford, Founder of Hole Food Rescue
    Workshop #3
    Sep 27
    • Skill: Lay of the Land, Strategic Vehicle
    • Issue: Energy Conservation
    • Speaker: Phil Cameron, Energy Conservation Works
    Workshop #4
    Oct 4
    • Skill: Targets, powermapping, local government 101
    • Issue: Local governance
    • Speaker: Mayor Pete Muldoon and County Commissioner TBA
    Workshop #5
    Oct 11
    • Skill: Communications, lobbying
    • Issue: Wildlife management at GTNP
    • Speaker: Dave Gustine, Fish & Wildlife Branch Chief, Grand Teton National Park
    Workshop #6
    Oct 18
    • Skill: Strategies & tactics
    • Issue: National conservation trends and the New West; Marketing conservation
    • Speaker: Luther Propst, former Executive Director of the Sonoran Institute; Bill Klyn, former Marketing VP at Patagonia
    Workshop #7
    Oct 25
    • Skill: Leadership, delegation, team building, recruiting
    • Issue: Economics & demographics
    • Speaker: Jonathan Schechter, Executive Director, Charture Institute
    Workshop #8
    Nov 1
    • Skill: Meetings & facilitation
    • Issue: History & future of conservation in Jackson; Housing
    • Speaker: Story Clark, Conservation consultant and founder of TravelStorysGPS; April Norton, Jackson/Teton Housing Director
    Workshop #9
    Nov 8
    • Special edition: "Speed dating" with elected representatives, guest speakers, and partners
    Workshop #10
    Nov 15
    • Skill: Fundraising (with Alliance Development Director Carter Cox)
    • Issue: Local land use planning
    • Speaker: Tyler Sinclair, Planning Director for Jackson and Teton County
    Workshop #11
    Nov 29
    • Skill: Wyoming government, voting, accountability (with Phoebe Stoner, ESPC)
    • Issue: Keep it Public, WY
    • Speaker: Steff Kessler, Wyoming Outdoor Council
    Workshop #12
    Dec 6
    • You: Your public narrative and project pitch night!
    • Party: Graduation party!

*Specific skill/issue/speaker(s) of each meeting subject to change

In addition to the twelve workshops, participants are invited to attend relevant meetings and get to know our VIP guest speakers during the course of CLI.

Finally, CLI features a hands-on project to practice leadership and make a difference in Jackson Hole. You will work with classmates to build and train a team of grassroots activists on a project you choose. You'll host a fun event, and get your volunteers lobbying their elected representatives.

This project is a great way to get real-life practice with recruiting, leadership, and communication skills. It requires a few meetings with your team, on your own time, outside of class. Please contact us for more information.

For more information about this program, contact Tiana Wilson, or call 307-733-9417.

Phone: (307) 733-9417
685 S. Cache St. PO Box 2728
Jackson, Wyoming 83001