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

Best Practices for a Mature Development Program

One-day Training | November 9, 2015
Peer Gathering (optional) | November 8 - November 10, 2015
Novi, Michigan

A mature fund development program relies on an organizational commitment to best practices. In this intermediate level training we will cover essential elements and discuss specific techniques to increase your impact.

Come for the training, stay for the peer gathering! Dive deeper at the Fundraising & Communications Peer Gathering, a 3-day program open to land trust staff, crafted by your fundraising and communications peers. Find out more and register via the Land Trust Alliance website. 

Registration closes October 22.

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


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

Conservation Easement Amendments: What's New? on November 6, 2015 at 11am

Amending easements is a practice frequently discussed by land conservation leaders. A well-written amendment can be an important stewardship tool, but amendment is not always the best course of action. Join us to learn what's new, including:

  • Lessons learned from LTA's 2014 research and survey on easement modification and termination
  • Implications of recent tax court cases, including Belk, Balsam Mountain, and Bosque Canyon Ranch
  • How to analyze and manage potential risks when amending an easement, or when choosing not to amend

Join the discussion with LTA's Sylvia Bates, director of standards and educational services, and Leslie Ratley-Beach, conservation defense director.

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 Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

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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