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 Meg Domroese, Land Trust Program Director.

In-Person Training Opportunities

Have you registered for Rally 2016?

It's right here in the Upper Midwest this year, so don't miss this opportunity to explore, connect, and grow at Rally Minneapolis October 28-30. Early-bird registration ends August 29.


Save the date for the 2017 Wisconsin Land Trust Retreat!

February 9-10, 2017  |  UW Arboretum |  Madison, WI

We are excited to announce the 2017 Retreat will be held at the UW Arboretum in Madison. Land trust staff and board members, don’t miss this opportunity to learn and share, get re-energized, and have fun with your peers from around the state!  The program will begin at 2pm Thursday, February 9 and conclude at 4pm Friday, February 10, 2017.

Prospective discussion topics include: water quality management, policy advocacy, emerging issues in land conservation. What do you want to talk about? Please send us your suggestions.

More information about the program is coming soon.

Check out presentations and related resources from the March 2016 Land Trust Retreat.


Midwest Community Conservation Peer Gathering

Monday, September 26 - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | Chicago, IL

Connect with your land trust peers to reflect on what community engagement and relevance mean for your organization, explore ways to connect with new partners and navigate organizational change, and work together to chart a path toward more conservation for more people.

This three day, two night gathering is for land trust staff and board members eager to delve deeper into—or get started with—community conservation. The gathering will take place at Cenacle Retreat Center in the beautiful Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Find out more and register by September 7.

Gathering Waters partners with the Land Trust Alliance and Heart of the Lakes to offer the Midwest Peer Mentoring Program.


Virtual Training Opportunities

Ask-An-Expert Call Series

Updating Baselines and Creating Current Conditions Reports on September 9, 2016 at 11am

A baseline documentation report is essential to document the conservation values protected by a conservation easement and to monitor and evaluate compliance with the terms of the easement. Join Mike Okma of Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy to get beyond the basics of baseline documentation:

  • What, when, and how to supplement and update baselines
  • Differences in creating current conditions reports and updating baseline reports
  • Ensuring your reports meet Land Trust Accreditation requirements
  • Legal, enforcement, organizational and record-keeping considerations

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, September 7, 2016.

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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