2014 The Stewardship of Public Lands: Politics and the Yellowstone Ecosystem

Monday, August 4, 2014 to Saturday, August 9, 2014
Yellowstone National Park

This faculty seminar is sponsored by the American Democracy Project’s Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative and is hosted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and The Yellowstone Association in Yellowstone National Park.

About the Conference

In this program, we spend six (6) days in Yellowstone National Park in a combination of classroom and field activities, examining four key political controversies: bison, wolves, snowmobiles, and grizzly bears. We begin the week examining the science and history of the controversies, listening to scientists and park rangers. At the end of the week, we interview local citizen stakeholders on both sides of the issues, including political activists, business people, ranchers, and other citizens.

Seminar 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 of these controversies.
  • Learn how to design courses to help prepare informed, engaged citizens.

The program begins late afternoon on Monday, August 4th and ends at noon on Saturday, August 9th. 

About the Initiative

How do colleges and universities design courses and programs to help undergraduate students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become thoughtful, engaged citizens?

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is seeking new strategies to answer that question. One of the programs we have developed is The Stewardship of Public Lands. The key question of this initiative is: How are competing but equally legitimate interests about public lands resolved in a democracy? For the past nine summers, faculty and administrators from AASCU campuses have spent a week together studying political disputes in Yellowstone National Park.

The goal of this project is to develop new strategies and new approaches that colleges and universities can use to help undergraduates become thoughtful, informed, and engaged citizens. In a world too often filled with bitter partisan politics, this non-partisan project seeks to move beyond verbal attacks and confrontation, providing students with new models that promote understanding and resolution. In a political environment where special interest groups tend to push people to polarized positions, we seek common ground.

Download flyer (pdf) and visit ADP website to learn more about ADP’s Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative. 

Fees top

The cost of the program is $1,395 per person. This fee includes five (5) nights individual room lodging at Mammoth Hotel (each participant will have a separate hotel room or cabin); all instruction and seminar materials, AV rental, classroom rental; in-park transportation; and a number of meals, including reception and dinner the first night, lunch Tuesday, and breakfast Wednesday.

Note: Family members or guests are welcome to come to Yellowstone with the faculty participant. Space does not allow for guest participation in the full program. However, family members and guests may attend some classroom lectures, a few field trips, and evening films and presentations.

Registration Information top

Register via the Downloadable Registration Form (pdf), to be mailed or faxed in to:

Felicia Durham, Global Challenges Institute
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
1307 New York Avenue, NW, 5th floor
Washington, D.C. 20005-4701
Fax: (202) 296-5819
Phone: (202) 478-4673
Downloadable Registration Form (pdf)

Accommodations top

Seminar Location
The program will be held at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park, just below Gardiner, Montana.

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins
1 Grand Loop Rd
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
(307) 344-7311

Note: Hotel reservations will be made through AASCU.

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellation Fee: $225
If you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is before 5 p.m. EST on Friday, July 18. There will be a $225 cancellation fee after that date. Special circumstances will be handled on an individual basis.