Training, Workshops, & Peer Programs

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Gathering Waters offers workshops, training opportunities, an annual conference, and other services to all land trust practitioners in Wisconsin. Currently planned learning opportunities are listed below. Questions, feedback, and suggestions are most welcome and can be directed to Meg Domroese, Land Trust Program Director.

2019 Wisconsin Land Trust Conference

March 7-9, 2019 at Green Lake Conference Center

Find out about the program. We will post session resources soon.

Midwest Land and Stewardship Peer Gathering

May 7-9, 2019 at Siena Center in Racine
The Peer Gathering will offer a variety of learning, discussion, and networking opportunities. Looking for creative solutions to land protection and stewardship challenges? Wondering how to adjust conservation plans and management activities to address climate change? Whether you are newly hired or highly experienced, come share your skills, expand your knowledge, and return to your job with new tools and connections.
As a bonus, join us for a 90-minute climate webinar on Thursday, April 18, to enhance your knowledge on climate resilience, climate planning tools, and adapting to climate change.
All land protection and stewardship staff are welcome. Thanks to generous underwriting, the peer gathering is $300, including two nights lodging and most meals.
The Peer Gathering is part of the 2018-19 Midwest Land and Stewardship Peer Learning Program. Gathering Waters and the Land Trust Alliance, through the Land Trust Excellence and Advancement Partnership (LEAP), coordinate this program to connect staff, across the region on monthly web conferences and in small groups, to learn about and share experiences on topics identified by peer participants. For information about the program, contact Meg Domroese or MaryKay O’Donnell.

Ask-An-Expert Call Series

Strategic Alliances: What, Why and How on April 12, 2019 at 11:00 am Central

Strategic alliances are formal relationships between two or more organizations to pursue goals, deepen impact, and share costs. Done the right way, they can take your land trust further than you could go alone. We will discuss:
  • What strategic alliances are and trends in the conservation sector;
  • Why it's important to know your prospective partners;
  • Why building trust is critical to successful strategic alliances;
  • How to assess if you are ready to consider a strategic alliance; and
  • What steps are needed to make your alliance successful.

Our expert, Shannon Sullivan, is the founder of The Groundswell Alliance: cooperative consulting for social and ecological good, and currently facilitates the Vital Lands Illinois network and has partnered with numerous conservation organizations on strategic planning, alliances, and restructuring.

To register for this conference call, please email with your organization name, participant names, and email addresses. We will send you call-in information. Registration closes on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Gathering Waters, along with the Land Trust Alliance and Michigan's Heart of the Lakes, 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 the Alliance's webinar schedule.


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