Training and Education Programs

Downes Marsh, Photo Credit Rick Newton

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.

Attached is a list of workshops offered by CLCC. Registration fees are discounted for CLCC members. Workshop handouts and other materials will be posted online in our Information Resources Library as available.

Regional Land Trust Board Summit Series

The CLCC Regional Land Trust Board 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 board'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 board members and others who are interested. (And YES! You can attend as many as you would like!)

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

Summer 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.   

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 Partnerships or otherwise seeking opportunities for regional collaboration.  

  • For the 2014-16 Pilot Initiative -- an 18 month program -- CLCC is working with the Land Trust Alliance and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (River COG) to provide 15 land trusts within the Lower CT River and Coastal Region Land Trust Exchange (LTE) (a regional conservation partnership coordinated by RiverCOG Environmental Planner Margot Burns) with technical assistance to collaborate on 3 projects focused on communications & community engagement, long-term stewardship, and a feasibility study on shared services. Project consultants are: Judy Anderson, Community Consultants, and Tom Curren (Communications); Shane Hetzler, Back Forty Forestry, LLC, and Becca Washburn, the Land Trust Alliance (Stewardship); and Henrietta Jordan, Trailmarker Consultants (Shared Services Study). This is the first project of its kind in the country funded by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service for the purpose of building land trust capacity. Participating land trusts:  Avalonia Land Conservancy, Chester Land Trust,  Clinton Land Conservation Trust, Colchester Land Trust, Deep River Land Trust, East Haddam Land Trust, Essex Land Trust, Haddam Land Trust, Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Old Lyme Land Trust, Lower Connecticut River Land Trust, Middlesex Land Trust, Old Saybrook Land Trust, Salem Land Trust, Westbrook Land Trust.  (All but Avalonia Land Conservancy and Colchester Land Trust are members of the LTE.)

Access information and handouts for the Land Trust Advancement Initiative - Lower Connecticut River Valley HERE.

  • The 2016 Initiative, commencing April 2016, funded by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut Letz Environmental Grant Program, is a one-year project which seeks to strengthen land trusts operating within New London county by providing technical assistance, training and other servcies focused on building their respective programs to provide long-term land stewardship and conservation defense. By integrating a regional focus to the project, we anticipate not only strenghtening the individual land trust's capacity to deliver greater conservation impact within their respective communities, but also fostering a stronger and more visible collective ability of the land trusts to conserve and protect natural resources in the New London County region.

 Special thanks also go to The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation for its generous support of our
Training & Education Programs