NRCC’s approach acknowledges that many “environmental problems” are in fact “people problems.” In order to address the mounting threats to biodiversity and natural systems, we need better decision-making tools to meet these ecological, social, and policy challenges.


NRCC promotes an interdisciplinary approach that includes social science skills and ecological expertise to improve management and policy decisions. NRCC supports these efforts by providing a permanent institutional home and by serving as an incubator for projects that later take off on their own.


This work is long-term. Ultimately, we hope to inspire a new story for our fellow humans and the environment in which we live—one that includes responsibility and stewardship.

We are grateful to the agencies, foundations, and nonprofit partners who collaborate to make these projects happen. Thank you for your support!

Visit our Projects to learn more about the work we do.


Research. Dialogue. Education. Leadership

Our Programs - Research & Conservation Innovation

Research Innovation

Supporting innovative researchers and fostering projects that address complex problems

Our Programs - Community-Based Conservation

Community-Based Conservation

Helping individuals and communities improve cooperation, shared learning, and decision making

Our Programs - Education & Civic Engagement

Education & Civic Engagement

Assessing the state of environmental education and providing programming, which aligns with conservation needs

Our Programs - Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Identifying key skills needed in the conservation field and providing workshops and publications for professionals


NRCC works wherever innovative conservation is needed, but with a special focus on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Many of our projects take place in the GYE and our main office is in Jackson, WY.

We believe that the GYE represents one of our best chances to create a sustainable, long-term relationship with nature, other species, and one another. We also believe that many of the dynamics at-play in the region are relevant to places beyond the GYE boundaries.

Our network of leaders, partners, and projects now extends nationally and internationally, with projects located in 12 states and 14 countries. Below are examples of several NRCC projects outside of the GYE.

NRCC’s Co-Founder Susan Clark, Board Member’s Avana Andrade, Paul Walberg, and Peyton Curlee Griffin, and Executive Director Ben Williamson in Moose, WY, July 2022.


R.J. Turner is an award-winning photographer with work spanning from Wyoming to Kenya. R.J. is currently the co-manager of Mara Plains Camp, in the Masai Mara, in Kenya

Research Associate

Seth Wilson is an advisor for the LIFE Lynx project in Slovenia, working with partners from Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovakia, and Romania to support lynx conservation.

Research Associate

Gao Yufang is an interdisciplinary researcher studying the natural-social-cultural nexus in the Himalayan region, recently focusing on China’s Three Rivers National Park.

Research Associate

Mimi Kessler is a leader in Great Bustard conservation in Central Asia, serving as the co-chair of the IUCN Bustard Specialist Group and director for the Eurasian Bustard Alliance.