The National Conservation Leadership Institute

Preparing extraordinary conservation leaders

Become an NCLI Fellow

Applications are accepted on our website each year beginning February 1st and ending April 30th. Please check back during that time for more information and to apply.

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Support the NCLI

In an effort to keep tuition rates affordable for natural resource conservation professionals, the NCLI is highly subsidized by a variety of support.

About the NCLI

The NCLI program design addresses a critical question, Ten years from now what will America’s success in leadership look like for natural resource conservation, and what will it take to prepare them?”

The Need
We are in a new era. A time in which the organizational guardians of our natural resource legacy find themselves facing unprecedented challenges in a rapidly changing landscape. Their challenges are exacerbated by the immense leadership void created from vast numbers of retiring baby boomers. An unparalleled solution is offered...the National Conservation Leadership Institute.

"I don't think there's been a single day when I haven't thought about NCLI or used a concept I learned. Powerful stuff." - Scot Kofron

MAT AFWA USFWS/NCTC National Fish And Wildlife Foundation

Our Supporters:

Supporters like these help make the NCLI possible. To learn more about each of our current supporters, please mouse over the logos to the left.


The Management Assistance Team (MAT) is a program of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). MAT staffs the NCLI. In addition, MAT supports the NCLI through in-kind donations. Outside of its service to the NCLI, MAT provides consulting and training for state fish and wildlife agencies. To learn more, click here.


The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. To learn more, click here.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is a branch of the Department of Interior, and the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) is the training center for the Service. The Service and NCTC are partners with the NCLI and provide financial as well as in-kind support for the NCLI. The first of the NCLI’s two residencies is held on the NCTC campus. To learn more, click here.



National Fish And Wildlife Foundation

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is dedicated to protecting and restoring wildlife and their habitats; it supports hundreds of projects across the country. NFWF is also a founding sponsor of the NCLI.

To learn more, click here.