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Susannah Hole, Grazingland Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service. "I recommend this NRLDI course for any science and conservation professional that has to deal with the public on a one-on-one or group setting. This course gave me a whole new set of tools. It was invaluable in learning how to effectively interact with others."
Sam Carman, Education Director, Division of Forestry, IDNR
"I’ve attended many leadership or management trainings over the years, and must admit that I approached this one with some skepticism. The NRLDI exceeded my expectations and improved the way I seek collaboration with others – especially those with whom I have disagreements. Attending the Institute is a big commitment but well worth the time invested.”



Natural Resources Leadership
Development Institute

The goal of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute is to develop leaders within the natural resources communities who can build collaborative relationships with others around contentious issues. By applying the skills learned in the program, NRLDI graduates will be more knowledgeable about how to work collaboratively with others, build consensus, and find sustainable solutions to complex environmental issues.

NRLDI for 2010

The dates for the Natural Resources Leadership Development Institute for 2008 will be

  • Sept. 15-27 at Turkey Run State Park
  • October 13-15 at Spring Mill State Park
  • November 10-12 at McCormick's Creek State park


The strength of the Institute is in the diversity of the participants. The program is geared to men and women who represent a geographic cross-section of the state as well as various state and federal agencies and NGO’s with a stake in the sustainability of natural resources. The participants also have a commitment to seeking collaborative, consensus-based processes.

The Program

NRLDI is sponsored by the Department of Forestry & Natural Resources at Purdue University, in cooperation with the Department of Agricultural Economics. NRLDI is funded in part by the Renewable Resources Extension Act.

The program is structured around three, 3 day sessions. The sessions are held at various state park lodges. Participants are expected to complete various readings, activities, and homework assignments, and involves role playing activities.

Click here to see a copy of the 2008 program . 2010 program coming soon

Participants will pay only for their travel to the seminar sites and a fee of $500. Inquire from Janet Ayres for further information. Click here for an application.

2008 group picture

Class of 2008 Picture album.
Class of 2006 Picture album.



Workshop Topics
For NRLDI Graduates

Further Information

Prof. Janet Ayres
Purdue University, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, 403 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056
PH: 765-494-4215
FX: 765-494-9176

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