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.

Land Protection and Stewardship Peer Gathering

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

Land protection and stewardship staff member? We've got the perfect event for you . . . by you!
As part of the 2015-2016 Midwest Peer Mentoring Program, we are excited to host the third Land Protection & Stewardship Peer Gathering. With content designed by your peers, we welcome you to break away from your daily routine and connect with colleagues for three days and two nights of networking, learning, and getting outdoors.

The registration fee of $250 per person covers most meals and two nights of lodging at Siena Retreat Center on the shores of Lake Michigan. Find out more and register by April 15.

Virtual Training Opportunities

Ask-An-Expert Call Series

Low Cost and High Impact Ways to Engage Community Members on May 15, 2015 at 11am

Save the date for our next call with consultant Megan Olds on engaging community, especially in strategic planning. We’ll provide more details and registration information here soon. Stay tuned!

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.


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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