Off Campus Event: Maine Land Trust Conference- Save the Date March 21-22, 2018

Maine Land Conservation Conference 2018


Get ready for a multifaceted learning experience as Maine Coast Heritage Trust celebrates its 35th annual land trust gathering! Rather than offering various small breakouts sessions on specific nuts and bolts topics, at this year’s event we will invite a bit of disruption, with a focus on big, strategic topics and challenging the status quo. As a group, attendees will hear from a variety of speakers, some of whom will be familiar and some unexpected, and there will be lots of opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange and networking. The event will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at the Samoset Resort in​ Rockport, and will kick off a year-long learning path to inform and guide Maine land trusts as we prepare for a rapidly changing future.  If you have not attended the conference for a while, we encourage you to consider joining us this year to help shape our path going forward.

Throughout the day of this special event, we will take advantage of fresh formats, invite plenty of discussion, and spur interaction and debate in provocative ways. We don’t want to give too much away, but some of the things you can expect are:

  • Creating a visual depiction of where we are as a movement
  • Practicing listening techniques
  • Finding inspiration from other sectors and sources
  • Encouraging everyone to speak up, speak out, and ask questions
  • Thinking in new ways about how to tell our own story, and find the story in others.

After this day of stimulating discussions, MCHT will carry forward our explorations into subsequent meetings, trainings and events over the months that follow. These will include Maine Land Trust Network steering committee meetings, land trust regional gatherings, special workshops, and more.

There will be other opportunities for attendees to meet with colleagues, take part in fun activities, and discuss land conservation in Maine:

  • field trips and events hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Georges River Land Trust
  • an informal Meet & Greet on the evening of Wednesday March 21st
  • a closing reception on Thursday evening.

The Samoset Resort is offering a special rate of $111 plus tax for event participants who wish to book a room on Wednesday night (single or double occupancy). That rate is offered through 2/28/18. To make a reservation, contact the Samoset through their central reservations office at 800-341-1650, and identify yourself as a participant in the Maine Coast Heritage Trust event. Rooms will be available for anyone wishing to stay Thursday night, but the prevailing rate will apply.

Please mark March 21-22 on your calendar today. More details, including how to register, will soon be available. We hope you will join us in Rockport this year! See the website for more information.