Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

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Leading the Way: Young Environmental Activists Speak Out

Saturday, May 14
8:30am - 3:00pm

It’s been three years since our last in-person conference. We’ve missed you!

Please join CLCC for a thought-provoking yet celebratory day as we gather at Peoples State Forest in Barkhamsted for conversations about land conservation among generations.

Following opening comments by distinguished dignitaries, we will listen to the insights and perspectives of students and young professionals who are paving the way to create the future they want to see.

During lunch, you will have the opportunity to delve deeper through roundtable discussions led by our panelists and other emerging conservation and environmental leaders. We will cap off the day with guided hikes and other opportunities to connect with the land, and each other.

This special day has been planned by young people from around the state, and highlights their hopes and goals for the future of land conservation and the environment in Connecticut – and the planet – through our efforts today.

Together, let’s create the future we all want to see.

Note: Space is limited. Please register early.

Event Schedule

8:30am Registration Check-In, Networking
9:00 Welcome and Introduction of Dignitaries
9:15 Dignitary Remarks
10:30 Panel discussion
Noon Lunchtime Roundtables
1:00pm Group Discussion
1:30 Closing Remarks
2:00 Guided hike, outdoor yoga, additional recreational activities


Click on each name below to read the bios of the panelists.


Ashley Stewart, Facilitator, Environmental Consultant, Stewart Environmental and Equity Consulting
Paul Mailhot-Singer, Americorps Public Allies Member, Housatonic Valley Association
Katharine Morris, Scholar-Activist for Environmental Justice; Founder, UConn Collaborative Organizing (UCCO)
Austin Serio, Chicoran Shakori; Co-Founder & CEO, ShockTalk; IT Manager, Urban Indigenous Collective
Sena WazerClimate Activist, University of Connecticut ’22
Nate Welsh, Intern, East Granby Land Trust

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“Absolutely amazing! So many great ideas emerge not only from the workshops but also in talking with other partners from my region who are equally as energized and inspired by the day.”

- Mary Ellen Lemay, Aspetuck Land Trust

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