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

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.

  • The 2014-16 Pilot Initiative -- Lower Connecticut River Valley -- an 18 month program -- CLCC worked 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 were: 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 was 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 -- New London County Land Trust Advancement Initiative -- April - December 2016, funded by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut Letz Environmental Grant Program, was a one-year project which sought to strengthen land trusts operating within New London County by providing technical assistance, training and other services focused on building their respective programs to provide long-term land stewardship and conservation defense. By integrating a regional focus to the project, we helped to increase the individual land trust's capacity to deliver greater conservation impact within their respective communities, while 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.  Participating land trusts:  Avalonia Land Conservancy, Colchester Land Trust, East Lyme Land Trust, Groton Open Space Association, Old Lyme Land Trust, and Wyndham Land Trust.

Access information and handouts for the Land Trust Advancement Initiative - New London County HERE.

  • The 2017 and 2018 Initiatives
    • New London County Land Trust Advancement Initiative (2017- 2019) -  With funding from the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut (CFECT), this three-year project will continue and build upon our 2016 New London County Land Trust Advancement Initiative by going deeper into addressing the participating land trusts' respective stewardship programs and overall organizational needs.  The program includes a GIS mapping component and a series of facilitated group meetings to develop the foundation for sustainable, regional strategic conservation planning and project implementation.
    • See the press release for the 2017 New London County Land Trust Advancement Initiaitive here.

 Access information and handouts for the 2017 Land Trust Advancement Initiative - New London County HERE.

    • Waterbury Region Land Trust Advancement Initiatives (2016-17, 2017-18) - With funding from the Connecticut Community Foundation, these one-year initiatives allowed single-town land trusts to explore opportunities for stronger collaborative relationships with regional conservation partners, Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust and the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative, and arrive together at a decision that best supports the long-term goals of the individual land trusts, with an enhanced conservation impact in the region.  The overarching goal of the 2017-18 Initiative was to build upon the progress made in fostering a collaborative effort among the three participating land trusts from the 2016-17 Initiative (Bethlehem, Litchfield and Watertown), with guidance and expertise from Weantinoge and Greenprint, while also expanding the project geographically for greater regional impact.  To that end, after examining the common longer-term priorities identified through the 2016-17 Initiative, we decided to focus the current project on strategic conservation planning and invited the Morris Land Trust to participate.   Together, through a series of individual and group mapping exercises, the project participants identified two potential regional partnership/collaborations.
    • Northeast Connecticut Land Trust Advancement initiative (2018 - 2020) - With funding from the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut - Janvrin Fund, this three-year initiative, offered in partnership with The Last Green Valley, will invest in a program focused on:  (1)  community engagement and communications to raise visibility of land trust work in Northeast Connecticut; (2)  strategic conservation planning to assist land trusts in identifying, prioritizing, and conserving critical lands; and (3) establishing the framework for a larger, watershed-wide regional conservation strategy that will allow land trusts to cooperatively seek landscape-scale funding for shared priorities.

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 

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