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.

In-Person Training Opportunities

SAVE THE DATE for the 2016 Land Trust Retreat

March 10-12, 2016
Blue Harbor Resort
Sheboygan, WI

Make plans to join our host, Glacial Lakes Conservancy, for an unparalleled opportunity to learn, network, and have fun among your Wisconsin land trust peers! Program information and registration details will be released in the coming months. Please stay tuned!


Virtual Training Opportunities

Ask-An-Expert Call Series

Making Sense of Fundraising Expenses on September 11, 2015 at 11am

No one wants to be the land trust that reports high fundraising expenses on its IRS Form 990. But what if you are reporting too little? Or aren't including the right things?

Join Dana Chabot, Certified Public Accountant, for discussion of how to define and calculate fundraising expenses. Bring your best questions and find out "is it fundraising, or is it not" for scenarios such as:

  • If I put a membership envelope in my newsletter, should I count the newsletter printing and distribution costs?
  • If I take a major donor to lunch, and we talk a bit about our programs but I don't make an ask, must I count my time and lunch?
  • If I conduct research on a foundation but never receive funds from it, do I have to count my research time?

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 Thursday, September 10, 2015.

The next Ask an Expert call will be on easement amendments, November 6, 2015, with the Land Trust Alliance’s Leslie Ratley Beach and Sylvia Bates.

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 webinar schedule.

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