Overview of Seminar

The annual National Parks Institute Executive Leadership Seminar takes place in late April. Twenty-seven park and protected area leaders from around the world convene for a 12-day intensive management seminar on leadership, innovation, and organizational renewal.

The course begins at the Institute at the Golden Gate, continues to University of California, Merced, and ends in Yosemite National Park. Participants bring local park business challenges and work on action plans for implementation on return to their home parks.

Previous participants include U.S. National Park Service superintendents, deputy regional directors, state park leaders, non-profit leaders, and international participants representing Australia, Bahamas, Bhutan,  Cameroon, China, Columbia, Dominica, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherland Antilles, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Thailand and Vietnam.

Previous speakers have included President Jimmy Carter presenting a case study on the creation of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Professor E.O. Wilson, Professor Charles O'Reilly, former NPS Director Robert Stanton, current NPS Director Jon Jarvis, former Regional Director Robert Barbee, former President of the Heinz Center Thomas Lovejoy and former Director of California State Parks Ruth Coleman.


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