Posts Tagged 'Stewardship of Public Lands'

Registration Open for ADP’s 2014 Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone National Park

yellowstone cluster of imagesAnnouncing the American Democracy Project’s
2014 Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone National Park:

Stewardship of Public Lands: 
Politics and the Yellowstone Ecosystem 

August 4 – 9, 2014

2014 marks the 10th summer of our Yellowstone seminar, part of the American Democracy Project’s Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative. Over the past 9 summers, more than 165 faculty members from more than 80 colleges and universities have participated in this exciting program. The seminar, a partnership with the Yellowstone Association, is open to faculty members from any academic discipline.

Throughout the United States, but especially in the West, the question of who will control public lands is a hotly debated topic. The public lands of the West, including national parks, forests, grazing, and prairie lands, are all sites of controversy. The major points of contention are over ownership and use of the land. Timber, mining, oil and gas producers, developers, farmers, ranchers, hunters, business owners, recreational users, and environmentalists are all groups who assert claims to influence and use. Yet whose interests have primacy? And in a democracy, how do the interests of all of these groups get addressed and resolved?

Program Highlights:
•  A multi-disciplinary study of political conflict in the world’s first national park
•  Examine the political controversies over wolves, grizzlies, snowmobiles, and bison
•  Meet and listen to stakeholders on all sides
•  Learn how to design courses to help prepare informed, engaged citizens

Register Now for Yellowstone 2014!

To register, complete this Downloadable Registration Form (pdf)
Visit ADP’s Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative webpage for more information

We Know What They Did Last Summer

Attended the Stewardship of Public Lands Seminar, hosted by the American Democracy Project and the Yellowstone Association, of course.

2013 Stewardship of Public Lands Seminar Participants Photo Courtesy of: Jennifer Jackman, Salem State University

2013 Stewardship of Public Lands Seminar Participants
Photo Courtesy of: Jennifer Jackman, Salem State University

If you want to be more in the know about what they did last summer, you can read more about the experience on University of Indiana Kokomo’s website by clicking here.

Stewardship of Public Lands Field Education Program Opportunity

yellowstone association logoIntroduce your students to the stewardship of public lands through the science, history, and politics of Yellowstone National Park in this field program developed jointly by the Yellowstone Association and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Student groups will explore how resource issues on public lands are managed; how land managers deal with different viewpoints on the proper management of those lands; and what role citizens, organizations, and agencies play in the stewardship of those lands.

Multi-day programs are based in Gardiner, Montana at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and are offered year-round. Tuition and lodging are available for as little as $90 per person per day.

For more information: or call (406) 848-2400. Scholarships for 25% of tuition costs may be available.

The Yellowstone Association, in partnership with the National Park Service, connects people to Yellowstone National Park and our natural world through education.

ADP in 2012: A Year of Civic Commitments

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project will celebrate its 10th anniversary during 2012-2013. Our 10th annual national meeting will take place in San Antonio, TX at the Marriott Rivercenter June 7-9, 2012. The theme of the meeting is Civic Engagement 2.0: Re-Imagining, Strengthening and Deepening Our Civic Work. Registration is now open and you can register, reserve a hotel room, and submit a proposal here.

Our signature anniversary project will be a Civic Health Assessment and Action Plan Initiative, which will begin at the annual national meeting in June. The Civic Health Initiative will allow institutions to investigate the civic health of their own campus and local community. The Civic Health Initiative will also provide opportunities for campuses to develop and execute action plans in areas that in which they identify room for growth.

Our Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative will launch its 8th week-long faculty-development seminar in Yellowstone National Park July 30 – August 4, 2012. Read more about it and how to register here.

The new eJournal of Public Affairs, a partnership between Missouri State University and the American Democracy Project, will officially launch in Winter 2012. The eJournal will be a space for peer-reviewed scholarship related to civic engagement. Volunteer to be a reviewer or submit an original manuscript:

We will launch an ADP Book Club with an inaugural book discussion in San Antonio. Details will be announced soon!

In addition to our own work, ADP will continue to work with our community college colleagues at The Democracy Commitment (TDC), a new civic engagement initiative which currently has more than 50 participating institutions. TDC will again join ADP at our annual meeting in San Antonio! Read more about The Democracy Commitment here.

We’re busy making and keeping civic commitments and would love to hear your personal and institutional civic commitments as well!


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