The Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) offers customized workshops, trainings, and consultations designed to build the capacity of YOUR partnerships with nonprofits. Through a strong core curriculum and expertise unique to the public lands community, APPL can provide training to meet your specific capacity building needs with customized workshops, training and consultation—all designed to meet the needs of public lands agencies and partnering nonprofit organizations.

Featuring training in:

  • Partnerships That Work
  • Partnership Assessment
  • Legal Requirements for Starting a Non-Profit
  • Agreements with Government Agencies
  • Sound Financial Practices for Non-Profit Cooperating Associations
  • Human Resources Management
  • Merchandising
  • Sales Outlets on Public Lands
  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • Educational Outreach
  • Fundraising and Friend-Raising
  • Growing a Friends Group
  • Organizational Assessment and Review
  • Engaging Volunteers: The Value of a Volunteer Corps
  • Strategic Planning/Visioning
  • Succession Planning
  • NonprofitGovernance                                                                                                                                                                                                    

What sets us apart:

  • Over 30 years experience
  • Highly qualified trainers
  • Customized trainings
  • “Take-home” instructional materials
  • Affordable course fees


“… thank you again for the truly excellent job you did of guiding us through this strategic planning process … it exceeded my expectations and I feel very fortunate and grateful that you were willing and available to come help us.”
— Lyman Hafen, Zion Natural History Association Executive Director 

“ … [I] want to assure you that HNHA staff just spent an INCREDIBLE two days with APPL trainers here at Hawai‘i Volcanoes! It was a special, special experience for all concerned.”
— Margot Griffith, Hawai’i Natural History Association Executive Director

“On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I would report the APPL training I had as 11 or more. The APPL Training Corps trainer was very easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. We have adopted some of her recommendations already …”
— T.K. Tajiki, Carlsbad Caverns/Guadalupe Mountains Association Executive Director

A sampling of clients with whom APPL has worked:

  • Nonprofit public land partners, from all-volunteer organizations to larger staffed associations
  • National Park Service
  • National Park Service National Heritage Areas
  • National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network  
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • USDA Forest Service
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service

For more information about APPL’s fee for service training, please contact Education Coordinator Chuck Benjamin at 301-946-9475 x225.

Please click here for a copy of the APPL training request form.