VNRLI – Invitation to Apply for 2016-17; please circulate widely

Greetings! we are excited to offer the 17th year of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute (VNRLI) for 2016-17. This 9-month program has had a profound impact on over 400 participants who have completed the 6 session-program, and on the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Please share widely with your colleagues and circles of contacts – many individuals from local government, environmental advocacy, business and industry, agriculture, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, and citizen advocates have found this an invaluable, even transformative experience.

Also, although we do not have unlimited funding, we work very hard to ensure that any participant who cannot afford the full tuition may attend. So people should not let cost be an obstacle for applying.

Thanks for helping us make the next class be diverse geographically, by sector, by experience, by race and ethnicity, and by interests!


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Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute – Invitation to Apply

VNRLI is a unique professional development opportunity that aims to build competencies in natural resource issues, collaborative problem solving, and leadership.

What: Six three-day sessions utilizing a proven mix of mini-lectures, experiential role plays, and exercises, stakeholder panel discussions, and field trips.

When & Where:
Session 1: September 21-23, 2016 – Shenandoah Valley
Session 2: November 2-4, 2016 – Virginia Beach
Session 3: January 11-13, 2017 – Richmond
Session 4: March 1-3, 2017 – Danville
Session 5: April 19-21, 2017 – Southwest Virginia
Session 6: June 14-16, 2017 – Charlottesville

Cost: $2950 – scholarship assistance is available.

For more information, or to apply to the program, please visit our website. Applications are due June 10th.

Sessions are also available on an individual basis. You can find more information about our regional sessions here.

Questions? Please contact VNRLI Program Manager, Kelly Altizer, at 434-924-6569 or

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