National Wildlife Refuge System Friends Academy is an advanced training program for board members of refuge Friends organizations beyond the formative stages of development. The purpose of the week-long Academy is to cultivate emerging Friends leaders by providing a broader understanding of the National Wildlife Refuge System and enhancing nonprofit and partnership skills to increase the effectiveness of Friends/Service partnerships. Upon completion of this five-day course, you will be able to:
2017 Friends Academy Application
Friends Academy 10 will be held August 21-25, 2017 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
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The application deadline is April 17, 2017.
The friends mentoring program is an outstanding partnership support program that offers peer-to-peer coaching for refuge and fisheries Friends organizations and their respective Service partners to help the partnership flourish and sustain success over time. Whether a group is just getting started and needs help to get organized, draft bylaws, and apply for 501(c)(3) status; is at a turning point and seeks guidance before taking on a significant new project; or needs help to keep from disbanding, the mentoring program is available as an impressive resource—free of charge for qualifying Friends organizations and their Service partners.
There are two application cycles for the mentoring program each year:
If selected for mentoring, partnerships can have a pair of mentors travel to their station, at no cost to the station or Friends organization, for peer-to-peer coaching.
Webinars specific to Friends organizations are periodically hosted by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and are available for viewing online from NEEF's webinars page.