Trainings & Workshops

We offer workshops, training opportunities, an annual conference, 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 Meg Domroese, Land Trust Program Director.

In-Person Training Opportunities

2018 Wisconsin Land Trust Conference

Land trust staff, board members, and partners gathered March 8-10, 2018 in Onalaska – La Crosse for the 18th annual conference--having grown from a retreat of 20 to a conference of up to 100! Check out highlights and resources from the 2018 Conference.

Save the dates--March 7 - 9, 2019--for the 2019 Wisconsin Land Trust Conference in Green Lake.


Virtual Training Opportunities

Ask-An-Expert Call Series

Keeping Current on Financial Management on May 4, 2018 at 11am Central

If there's one thing you want your land trust to have in order, it's your financials. In 2017, the financial standard in Land Trust Standards and Practices received a significant overhaul. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission's March 2018 Requirements Manual reflects these changes and has a new indicator group devoted to finance. Wondering what to do to manage funds, spend appropriately, and report accurately after all of these changes?

Join Dana Chabot, Certified Public Accountant and Gathering Waters’ financial manager, to talk about:

  • How to define an operating reserve, and how much is enough
  • What financial reports boards are now required to review and approve
  • What elements of financial statements you should highlight, and what you can do to make them more understandable
  • How to define "deficit spending"
  • How to ensure you have effective internal controls in place
  • How the Land Trust Accreditation Commission's focus on risk assessment affects your land trust
  • How the requirements for external financial assurance have changed

To register for this conference call, please email the Land Trust Alliance your organization name, participant names, and email addresses. We will send you call-in information. Registration closes on Wednesday, May 2.

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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