Stronger Together Networking Series

The Stronger Together program is comprised of two types of learning experiences, Learning Collaboratives and informal discussion / networking Sessions. See descriptions below.

Networking Sessions

These informal one-hour discussion are intended for staff and board members of non-profit land conservation organizations, with a focus on exchanging information on topics of common interest. The conversations are facilitated by Robb Johnson, Executive Director of MLTC, with occasional guest hosts. Sessions are not recorded.

To receive log-in information, register for each session that interests you. 

COVID and Your Fall Events

Wednesday, September 22, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. via Zoom
This informal "Stronger Together" networking discussion sponsored by MLTC provides an opportunity for conservation leaders to share questions and ideas about how news regarding COVID breakthroughs and variants is impacting plans for your fall meetings and events. Go live or virtual? Hybrid? Masks or no masks? Exchange ideas with peers on this timely topic. This discussion will not be recorded. Advance registration required here.

Learning Collaboratives

Learning Collaboratives are multi-session workshops that bring together teams of peers representing different land trusts to study a topic of common interest and support one in applying lessons learned to set and advance objectives for their respective organizations. Participating land trusts are asked to send at least two staff or board members to participate and commit to attend all sessions.

Advancing Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion for Land Trusts

Wednesdays September 15, September 29 and October 20, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., via Zoom.
This series is now full and the waitlist is closed. To be notified of future offerings, please complete the registration form so we can be in touch in the future.

This interactive three-part learning collaborative is for land trusts leaders interested in exploring ways to advance equity and inclusion initiatives. Led by Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna, a dynamic researcher, educator and advocate for racial equity and environmental justice, this series will help participants examine opportunities, clarify challenges and set concrete objectives for meaningful next steps. At the end of this series, participants will be in a position to draft a plan of organizational learning and relationship building to support strategic priorities specific to their organization. 

To foster a supportive peer cohort, participants are asked to commit to attend all three sessions and set aside adequate time to read materials and participate in exercises before and between sessions. Materials to be reviewed and exercises to be completed before and between sessions may require as much as 8-10 hours of additional time across the entire series. Due to the discussion-oriented nature of these sessions, they will not be recorded. Content will include: 

  • Basic concepts and history related to racial justice and the implications for land conservation of systemic displacement and residential segregation; Racial self-awareness; 
  • Identifying the historically excluded and oppressed populations within or near your organization’s service area; 
  • Practice explaining ideas or concepts to stakeholders who may be resistant to addressing racial justice; 
  • Reviewing organizational structures, policies and programs to identify areas where exclusion and inequity are fostered; 
  • Understanding microaggressions and responding to them in a manner consistent with one’s position and personality; 
  • Understanding the stages and kinds of change needed to plan for and build an anti-racist, equity-centered organization over the short, medium, and long term; 
  • Understanding the kinds of relationships needed to engage in anti-racist, equity-centered practice. 

A confidential and lightly moderated discussion space will be created for participants to interact with and support one another between sessions. As an optional final deliverable, participating organizations may submit a draft set of organizational objectives for feedback from Dr. Estrella-Luna.  

To enhance the likelihood that organizations will be positioned to put ideas into action, each participating organization is asked to register at least two representatives to attend. Cost: $20 per attendee for MLTC members, $40 per attendee for non-members. (Please contact robb@massland.org regarding scholarship assistance). Register here

After registering for the first session, you will receive a follow-up email with payment instructions and registration links for sessions 2 and 3.

Past Collaborative

Models for Land Trust Collaboration

Three sessions, beginning Monday May 10, 10:00 am – noon, via Zoom
Next sessions Monday May 17, 10 am – noon; and Monday June 14, 10 am – noon

This interactive three-part workshop is for land trusts leaders interested in exploring the possibility of formalized collaboration with other conservation organizations. Could formalized collaboration (i.e. beyond occasional advice, networking and project-specific partnership) be a tool for sustaining and strengthening your organization? Learn from peers as you clarify motivations and reservations about collaboration, hear lessons learned from those who have implemented various models, and set concrete objectives for next steps you can take if you want to explore further. Facilitated by Robb Johnson, with guest speakers sharing experience with models including paying for staff time or services from a larger or umbrella organization; sharing staff or office space; and fiscal agency or legal affiliation. Agenda details will be sent in advance. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition with support from UMass Amherst's Working Forest Initiative and the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts. Note: Each participating organization is encouraged to send least two representatives to participate. Free of charge to MLTC members; Non-member fee: $30 per organization. For more information contact Robb at robb@massland.org. Advance registration required here. (Registrants will receive a follow-up email with registration links for sessions 2 and 3.)