SORP 2019 Webinars: Partnerships & Collaborations

Webinar: Partnering with Universities for Youth Engagement, Career Connections, and Because it can Lead to Great Things!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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SORP webinars are free to members and $45 for non-members.  You can become a member online and immediately get the member rate.

This webinar reviews partnering from a NPS unit’s perspective (Cedar Breaks National Monument) and a university’s perspective (Southern Utah University).  We will discuss best practices in reaching mutually beneficial outcomes and discuss lessons learned from 12+ years of partnering through the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative.  


  • Identify at least three relevant best practices in developing a youth engagement partnership with a university
  • Understand how formal partnerships operate within a national park unit and within a university
  • Consider the benefits of partnering with a university
  • Appreciate the value of partnerships to do great things 

Dr. Briget Eastep
Southern Utah University

Ken Watson
Cedar Breaks National Monument

Speaker Bios
Dr. Eastep is a professor in Outdoor Recreation and an administrator who builds transformative learning opportunities for students to learn in and about our natural world.   Over the past decade, Dr. Eastep has worked with regional public lands to engage youth through adventure education, service learning and internships.  She has received numerous awards for her work as the PI of the IIC (Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative), including a 2016 National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award, 2017 Partnership Award from the US Forest Service’s Region 4 and a 2018 Superstar Award from Utah BLM.


Watson Bio
Ken Watson is the Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services at Cedar Breaks National Monument.  Ken has been involved with land management since 1991 when he began volunteering at a Finger Lakes State Park in Missouri while attending college.  Ken has 20 years of experience with the US Forest Service and the National Park Service.  His work includes time at Everglades, Yosemite, Grand Canyon,