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.

Peer Gatherings

As part of the 2015-2016 Midwest Peer Mentoring Program, we are excited to host peer gatherings for land trust staff. With content designed by peers who share your responsibilities and concerns, this is an opportunity to break away from your daily routine and connect with colleagues to listen, learn, and network.


Executive & Associate Directors Peer Gathering - register by May 15!

Tuesday, June 2 - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | Williams Bay, Wisconsin

Come for fresh ideas and swap advice with other land trust leaders. Learn how to empower your people and nurture your networks, navigate an audit, contribute effectively to board development, and more!

The registration fee of $115 per person covers all meals. Onsite lodging is available at a special rate. Find out more and register by May 15.


Land Protection and Stewardship Peer Gathering

Wednesday, April 29 - Friday, May 1, 2015 | Racine, Wisconsin - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Find out more about the program for the gathering.


Virtual Training Opportunities

Ask-An-Expert Call Series

Pulling the Oars Together: Aligning Staff & Board Members in Strategic Planning on May 15, 2015 at 11am

Navigating through the strategic planning process can feel like going up a creek without a paddle, but it doesn't have to. Get your land trust staff and board rowing in sync to make the most of your time and capacity. You can even have fun on your journey as you chart your direction and implement plans together.

Discover tactics and tools you can put into place as soon as your next board meeting, including:

  • Identifying common barriers and challenges to alignment in strategic planning
  • Using low cost ways to help your board and staff communicate and connect
  • Encouraging discussions about setting priorities and solving problems
  • Agreeing on shared measurements of success

Our discussion leader, Megan Olds, is the president and principal of Parallel Solutions LLC. She provides strategic and business planning, partnership coordination, fundraising consulting, project management, and community planning and engagement services for clients in the Great Lakes region. Her professional experience and passions include land conservation and community growth and development.

To register for this conference call, please email LTA your organization name, participant names and email addresses. We will send you call-in information. Registration closes on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

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


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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