Training & Workshops

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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.

SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 Wisconsin Land Trust Conference

March 7-9, 2019 at Green Lake Conference Center 

Mark your calendar now for the 2019 Conference!

Check out highlights and resources from the 2018 Conference.

We're developing a great program based on past participants' suggestions and land trusts' requests. Let us know if you have potential topics to propose.

Ask-An-Expert Call Series

Storytelling: Defining Yourself in the Digital Era on November 2, 2018 at 11:00 am Central

Stories define us, and storytelling is the most powerful communications tool for inspiring action and change and for influencing others.

In the digital era, the way we tell and deliver stories has shifted dramatically. Long-form narrative and conventional wisdom now share the stage with messages of 140 characters or fewer and images that disappear seconds after opening. While there have never been more ways to reach people, it has also never been more difficult to truly connect with them.

Join us to discover how you can use storytelling's power to create stronger connections to your land trust and the outdoors, including:

  • Creating connections through storytelling by providing meaning and context for our individual and shared experiences;
  • Place branding, and how it can be useful for connecting people to your land trust;
  • The difference between market demand and brand demand, and why you need both;
  • Trends in digital storytelling; and
  • Tips to better engage with your supporters, funders and communities.

Our expert, Andrew Bethune, is account director and strategist at Origin, where he works with many outdoor-focused groups to develop brand strategies.

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, October 31, 2018.

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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