Training and Education Programs

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CLCC hosts a number of trainings, workshops and events that address the issues your organization faces to ensure you have the information you need to make an impact at the local level.

Workshops and Training Series

CLCC provides valuable resources to help your organization achieve your conservation goals. Our series of workshops, focus groups and training sessions are available to guide your organization to learn from other land trusts and even more effectively preserve Connecticut lands.  Registration fees are discounted for CLCC members.

Workshop handouts and other materials will be posted online in our Information Resources Library as available.

2018 Program Schedule is available on homepage.  

Regional Land Trust Summit Series

The CLCC Regional Land Trust Summits are a series of roundtables convened in regions throughout the state. Please join us to get to know your neighboring land trust colleagues, share your land trust's experiences and challenges, offer advice on what's working, and get some advice on what could work better for your land trust and for your region!

CLCC regional roundtables are free and open to all land trust members and others who are interested. (And YES! You can attend as many as you would like!)

2018 Land Trust Summit schedule is available HERE.  New Summits added for South Central CT and Southeast CT

Notes from 2018 Summit Series are available HERE.

Notes from our previous Regional Land Trust Summit Series are available HERE.

Focus Group Series

Launched in 2012, the CLCC Summer Focus Group Series is an annual consultant-led roundtable for Connecticut land trust officers, board members and committee chairs from around the state.  The goals of the Focus Group are to:  (i) to provide peer-to-peer networking for a group of individuals serving in a similar capacity in diverse land trusts, who otherwise might not have the opportunity to meet and talk; and (ii) gather information on how Connecticut’s land trusts use staff and volunteers to increase organizational capacity.  The written report from the Focus Group discussion is presented at the following year’s Conference, and serves as the foundation for one or more workshops on topics of interest raised during the meeting.   

Standing focus group meetings are scheduled annually for Executive Directors, Treasurers, and, starting in 2018, an Accredited Land Trust Working Group.  For more information, please contact Amy at abpaterson@ctconservation.org.

Connecticut Land Trust Advancement Initiative: Growing Conservation & Stewardship Capacity by Building Stronger Land Trusts

A new CLCC program commenced in October 2014, CLCC's Connecticut Land Trust Advancement Initiative is an organizational advancement program for land trusts working together as part of one of Connecticut's Regional Conservation Partnership or otherwise seeking opportunities for regional collaboration.

View a description of past and present Advancement Initiative projects >>

Advanced Collaboration and Merger Assistance Program 

Established in 2018 through CLCC's Connecticut Land Trust Advancement Initiative to assist land trusts seeking stronger organizational health and effectiveness through advanced collaboration, structural realignment, or merger with other organizations.  View a program description HERE.  For further information please contact Amy at abpaterson@ctconservation.org 

 A special thanks also goes to The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation for their generous support of our training & education programs