2019 CT Land Conservation Conference Call for Presentations

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) is now accepting workshop proposals for the 2019 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference.

35th Annual
Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 23, 2019
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


Deadline extended to November 13, 2018 


About the Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

CLCC’s annual Conference is the state's largest full day event for the land conservation community, bringing together land conservationists from around the state and region to learn, network, and socialize.   

About our Conference Participants

Approximately 500 participants attended the 2018 Conference including board members, staff and volunteers from land trusts, municipal land use commissions, state and federal agencies, state and local conservation organizations and garden clubs, as well as landowners and others interested in conservation.   

Submitting Workshop Proposals

Please submit a workshop on one or more of the topics listed below (or your own idea). There is no limit as to how many proposals you may submit. Please complete an on-line application for each proposal.

Session Length

Formats include 90-minute, 75-minute and 45-minute workshops organized under subject matter tracks. 

Workshop Format

  • Panel and/or roundtable discussions, case studies and peer learning opportunities are encouraged. Please build in ample time for Q&A and discussion.
  • Workshops may consist of a lecture format or panel discussion with questions and answers.
  • Roundtables are facilitated discussions with session participants, wherein you will introduce the topic, pose possible questions for the group to consider and then facilitate the discussion.
  • We prefer that no more than three individuals present during the workshop sessions.
  • In some instances, we may suggest combining presentations similar in content into one workshop or panel.

Session Topics

The following is a list of subject areas we are interested in covering that are relevant to the work of land trusts and other members of Connecticut’s land conservation community. This list is meant to be a guide and we welcome the opportunity to consider other ideas for workshop proposals.

  • Balancing Public Access & Land Protection
  • Board Building - Recruitment, Evaluation, Coordination, and Transitions
  • Climate Change & Energy
  • Collaborations including Shared Services & Land Trust Mergers
  • Communications, Messaging & Storytelling
  • Community Conservation – including community programming & outreach, membership development, and volunteer recruitment
  • Conservation Finance
  • Conservation Technology Tools
  • Creative Partnerships & Regional Initiatives for Greater Impact
  • Doing Deals (fee and conservation easement)
  • Effective Advocacy & Conservation Policy
  • Engaging a New Generation of Conservation Leaders
  • Financial Management & Planning 
  • Fundraising
  • Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities & Wellness
  • Landowner Estate Planning & Creative Giving Options
  • Municipal Land Use 
  • Organizational Governance, Leadership & Succession Planning
  • Protecting Land - Protecting Water
  • Risk Management & Insurance
  • Standards & Practices and Accreditation
  • Stewardship & Land Management (including invasive species identification and management)
  • Urban Green Programming
  • Working Lands, Forests, Farms & Food

Workshop Levels

You will be asked to select a workshop level (Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced, All). To help our participants in selecting a workshop that will be most meaningful for them, please include a brief description of the level of experience you are expecting your participants to bring to your workshop. For example:

  • “This workshop is best suited for participants who have significant experience in negotiating and drafting conservation easements.”
  • “This workshop is open to all who are interested in conservation policy.”
  • This workshop is ideal for new board members looking for a basic introduction to land trust governance.”

Deadline and Notification

Applications are due November 13, 2018. We will contact you by mid-December to let you know if your proposal has been selected.

Presenters receive complimentary Conference registration (limit of three per workshop), but are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.   

Questions? If you have any questions, would like to discuss a workshop idea or would prefer a hard-copy of the presentation application mailed to you, contact Joy at jvanderlek@ctconservation.org

Thank you! We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Submit Your Proposal

Thank you for your interest in sharing your knowledge and expertise!