The 2018 event invited a bit of disruption, with a focus on strategic topics and challenging the status quo.

Attendees heard from a variety of speakers, some familiar and some unexpected, with lots of opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange.

Our multifaceted learning experience kicked off a year-long learning path to inform and guide Maine land trusts as we prepare for a rapidly changing future.

Wednesday, March 21st

  • 1 – 4 pm, Field Trips
  • 7 – 9 pm, Drop-In Social

Thursday, March 22nd

  • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Main Event
  • 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Closing Reception

Throughout the day Thursday, we took advantage of fresh formats, invite plenty of discussion, and spur interaction and debate. The program included:

  • Video interviews with unexpected allies and those new to conservation
  • Insight from other sectors in Maine that may hold lessons for the land conservation community
  • Opportunity to listen in as people with varied connections to our natural resources share their perspectives
  • Guidance from Portland-based nonprofit The Telling Room to help us better connect with our communities through stories
  • Presentation of the 2018 Espy Land Heritage Award

Looking for even more opportunities to meet with colleagues, enjoy outdoor activities, and discuss land conservation in Maine? We also offered:

  • Wednesday field trips and events hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Georges River Land Trust
  • A Drop-In Social on Wednesday evening at the Samoset
  • A closing reception on Thursday evening ($20pp)

Cost for registration was $65 per person.

Special thanks to this year’s top level sponsors