The sixth annual Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Days will be held May 1-3, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Your visits will be perfectly timed to meet new members of Congress and their just-hired staff as well key figures in the new administration. We hope to see you on Capitol Hill! See the agenda
Registration is closed. If you have a question about registration, please contact Scott Still via email or call 970-986-4005.
What is Advocacy Days?
The mission of our annual Advocacy Days is to provide land trust leaders with hands-on advocacy training in Washington, D.C. and to facilitate their relationships with key legislators in order to help build the political influence of the land trust community. Events may include: an issue briefing with inspiring speakers, a networking happy hour with partners, lobby visits with your congressional delegation and a reception with our champions on Capitol Hill.
The Land Trust Alliance advises Congress on important land trust issues in a way that no one land trust could do by itself — but to truly motivate elected officials, we need them to hear your stories about conserving our land and waters. Your participation is important and truly appreciated.
2017 Advocacy Days Schedule
Monday, May 1
First-timers’ “Lobbying 101” | 3:30-5 p.m. | Hilton Garden Inn | 1225 First Street NE
Happy hour with partners | 5-7 p.m. | Hilton Garden Inn
Dinner with state teams | 7-9 p.m. | Local restaurants
Tuesday, May 2
Issue briefing | 8:30 a.m.-Noon | Hilton Garden Inn
Lunch | Noon | Hilton Garden Inn
Lobby visits with your congressional delegation | 1-5 p.m.
Debrief room available | 1-5 p.m. | United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave, NE
Ducks Unlimited Annual Capitol Hill Reception | 5:30-7 p.m. | Hyatt Regency | 400 New Jersey Ave, NW
Land Trust Alliance Social Gathering | 5:30-8 p.m. | The Dubliner, Snug Room | 520 N. Capitol Street, NW
Wednesday, May 3
Breakfast briefing | 8-9 a.m. | 2045 Rayburn House Office Building
Lobby visits with your congressional delegation | 9-5 p.m.
Debrief room available | United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave, NE
Informal happy hour | 5-7:00 p.m. | Location TBD
The deadline to book discounted rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn and our overflow block Homewood Suites - NoMA has passed and we are not able to add more rooms to the block. If you have questions about lodging in D.C. please email Patty.
First-timers should plan to arrive on Capitol Hill no later than 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1. We strongly suggest that all participants arrive by Monday evening for Tuesday’s 8:30 a.m. issue briefing.
The earliest feasible times to depart from Capitol Hill depend on the size of your state’s congressional delegation. Many teams like to spread their meetings over the course of two days.
Please note: Even with a smaller delegation, a later departure provides more scheduling flexibility and better odds of meeting with your senators and representatives. We also plan to schedule meetings with the administration this afternoon.
Travel Stipends Available
Limited travel stipends are available with a focus on key districts, Advocacy Ambassadors and first-time participants. Apply online
Please note: Your username/password for the Foundant grant system is different from the account you use to register for a training, purchase publications or to access The Learning Center. You may need to create a new account if you have never applied for a scholarship or Alliance re-grants.
Repeat participants should speak with their regional contact before applying, as repeat stipends will only be offered in extraordinary circumstances.
If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a reception or breakfast or this event, please email Andy McLeod.
Your Regional Contact
Get to know your regional advocacy lead, who is always available for personalized coaching and collaboration:
Northeast & Southeast
Andy McLeod Email | 202-800-2229 (desk) | 850-443-4966 (cell)
Midwest & West
Bryan David Email | 202-800-2223 (desk) | 707-548-8101 (cell)
Together we will advance change and increase impact for land conservation.