The Minnesota Conservation Leadership Corps will cultivate the next generation of conservation leaders in Minnesota by developing skill sets in leadership, communication, advocacy, and policy, for the on-going protection of our natural resources. They will learn from conservation leaders in Minnesota as well as have networking opportunities with different conservation professionals. We will select applicants ranging from high school seniors to college seniors across the state of Minnesota to become Conservation Leadership Corps Fellows. The skills the students will learn are conservation oriented, but have the versatility to be applied to any of their future endeavors.
We are working to ensure a strong continuation of leadership in the conservation community in Minnesota and beyond. Preparing the next generation of conservation leaders for the systems, stakeholders, and strategies needed in conservation policy is essential to maintaining a healthy conservation community in Minnesota. The fellows will do this through three training sessions focused on leadership, communication & advocacy, and policy.
- Leadership Training Session: Fellows will read a text on leadership prior to starting the program, and will develop those leadership ideas with an instructor at the first session. Fellows will learn about the multiple stakeholders involved in issues, and complete activities to help them build leadership skills.
- Communication/Advocacy Training Session: Fellows will complete activities, such as role-playing a specific stakeholder in an issue, and then giving testimony and meeting with different “legislators” (also role-played) to advocate for their character’s viewpoint. At the end of this session fellows will pick a conservation issue in the state of Minnesota, and divide into teams to research that issue for the next session.
- Policy/Resolution Writing Session: Fellows will come back together and meet with an expert on the topic they’ve picked to ask questions and receive feedback as they write a resolution. The resolutions are based on their research and take into account the expert’s experience on the topic. The resolutions ultimately seek to change policy or actions on an issue in an attempt to improve a conservation challenge in Minnesota.
- Final Session: Fellows will get together to present their resolutions to the Minnesota Conservation Federation and Sponsors of the Minnesota Conservation Leadership Corps. Their resolutions will be voted on, and if passed, sent to the stakeholders the resolution includes in attempting to improve the problem.
We invite you to help build this program locally, by sponsoring the Minnesota Conservation Leadership Corps. Fellows will not only receive training in leadership, communication, advocacy, and policy but will also receive mentoring and networking opportunities with leaders and professionals in the conservation community.
Fellows who complete the program by attending all of the training programs will receive a certificate of achievement, recommendation letter for their resume, a $250 scholarship to continue their education, and lifetime membership to the Minnesota Conservation Leadership Corps. Fellows who miss one of the sessions may receive a scholarship at the discretion of the MCF Board. Students who complete this program will have the opportunity to be elected by their peers to serve a 1 year term as president of the Minnesota Conservation Leadership Corps and apply to work as the Coordinator for the MNCLC for following years either position may also have the opportunity to attend the National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting as alternative delegates for the Minnesota Conservation Federation.
This year we are excited to announce 3 different sponsorship levels for the program! The levels are the Green level at $500 or less, Camo level from $501 to $1999, and the Blaze Orange level anything over $2000. These sponsorship’s are 1 year levels if your organization wishes to be a sponsor for multiple years please let us know how many years and will divide your contribution up and put you at the correct donation level. If you are interested in donating write checks to the Minnesota Conservation Federation with Minnesota Conservation Leadership Corps or MNCLC in the memo. Send to the address below, and include the name of the organization or the name you would like to be added to the list of sponsors.
Minnesota Conservation Federation
542 Snelling Avenue South #104
Saint Paul, MN 55116
If you are interested in learning more, contact the current Program Coordinator, Elsa Litecky, at email@example.com or at 651-239-3200 or contact the Minnesota Conservation Federation at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 690-3077. We further encourage you to check out the sponsors of this program and see if there is an organization your group would like to further get involved with.
Thank You 2016 to 2017 Sponsors for the 1st CLC Class!
Sponsors include the National Wildlife Federation, New Market Sportsmen Club, Lake Superior Chapter of Safari Club International, Wisconsin Conservation Leadership Corps, Byron Sportsmen and Conservation Club, St. Croix River Association, Frontenac Sportsmen’s Club, Prior Lake Sportsmen’s Club, Lake City Sportsman’s Club, Rice Area Sportsmen’s Club, Minnesota Association for Environmental Education, New Brighton Sportsmen’s Club, Fish Lake Sportsmen’s Club, Bluffland Whitetails, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wilderness in the City, and the Minnesota Conservation Federation.