Trainings & Workshops

We offer workshops, training opportunities, and other services to all land trust practioners in Wisconsin. Currently planned learning opportunities are listed below.  Questions, feedback, and suggestions are most welcome and can be directed to Mike Strigel, Executive Director.

Board Circuit Rider Training

A Board for All Seasons

Saturday, March 14, 2015
10:00am – 3:00pm

We’re packing up and taking our services on the road—to Appleton!

Whether you’re a board or staff member, new or long-standing, this training will help you develop the strong organization you need to achieve your land trust’s conservation goals—from seamless board meetings to getting budget numbers right and making organizational transitions.
Led by David Allen and hosted by Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust.

Registration is closed.  For more information, contact Meg Domroese, Land Trust Program Director.

Virtual Training Opportunities

Ask-An-Expert Call Series

Gathering Waters, along with the Land Trust Alliance and Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy, are pleased to continue our series of free Ask-An-Expert calls that are easy to fit into your busy day.

Register now for Find Friends: Reaching Younger Audiences
Friday, March 6, 2015
11:00am Central

Reaching younger audiences is simultaneously becoming more and less difficult. This paradox has left many land trusts uncertain how to reach potential supporters. Join us to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that intergenerational communication presents.With Gathering Waters’ own Mindy Petersen, along with Josh Lynsen and Kimberly Seese of the Land Trust Alliance’s communications team. Register by March 4th.


The Land Trust Alliance hosts webinars throughout the year. With a click of a mouse, participants have immediate access to the best minds in the field of conservation, governance, and organizational management without the hassle and expense of travel.

For dates and topics, check LTA's 2015 webinar schedule.


Annual Land Trust Retreat

Based on feedback from Wisconsin land trusts we are shifting the Retreat schedule to winter/spring beginning in 2016. Annual Retreats are an unparalleled opportunity for learning, networking, and fun among board and staff of our Wisconsin member land trusts. Look forward to an update on details and location. If your land trust is interested acting as a Retreat host, please let us know!

What's happening in 2015? As we transition to holding retreats earlier in the year, in 2015, in conjunction with a Gathering Waters board and Land Trust Council meeting, an abbreviated program in Stevens Point on July 17 will focus on the timely work of the GIS Task Force, and possibly other working group topics. More information is coming soon.

Access presentation materials and related resources from the 2014 Retreat, and check out photos, winning entries from this year's haiku contest, and the winning recipe from the dessert potluck competition! More than 25 of Wisconsin's land trusts, plus partners, were represented in Green Lake.

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