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Board Member Summit: Increasing Your Land Trust’s Impact through Collaboration (Seminar 9 )

Thursday, September 18, 8:00am – 1:00pm | $65
Are you looking for great examples of how land trusts have collaborated and conserved more land? How about examples of how they have become more efficient, built more capacity, and raised more money? This interactive workshop will provide you with ideas, tools and strategies to help strengthen your organization through partnerships and collaboration. Participants will explore: a) what areas are ripe for collaboration; b) when collaboration makes sense; c) minefields to avoid; d) mechanics of collaboration, including communications; and e) decision-making protocols and planning in collaboration. Participants will discuss a variety of opportunities, from partnerships, shared staff, phased approaches, program development and mergers.

Regional Receptions

Thursday, September 18, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Come and meet colleagues from your region for a delightful evening of socializing and networking at the always-popular regional receptions.  Cash bar will be provided.

Welcoming Dinner

Thursday, September 18, 6:45pm – 8:45pm | $57
Join 1,000+ of your friends and colleagues for dinner as we kickoff the 27th Rally with the Welcoming Dinner and the Alliance Awards. Tem Blessed will open the dinner with a performance.  More information on nominating a conservation hero >>

Eye-Opening Yoga SOLD OUT - BOTH DAYS

Friday, September 19th and Saturday, September 20th, 6:45am – 7:45am | $15
Begin your day with an hour of stretching the mind, body and spirit in a yoga class at the Omni Hotel. Prepare yourself to experience a busy day more fully focused.  All levels are welcome.

WaterFire: A Providence Event Not to be Missed!

Friday, September 19, Sunset -11:00pm 
WaterFire is an award winning fire sculpture installation consisting of a series of bonfires that blaze just above the water's surface and form a circle of fires in Waterplace Park Basin near the convention center. The installation has accompanying music to enjoy as you stroll the paths.  Be sure to see this one-of-a-kind event!

Development Directors’ Forum

Saturday, September 20, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Development Directors, Vice Presidents of Philanthropy, and others holding the responsibility for fundraising at their land trust are invited to join in this session for facilitated discussions on your unique challenges and opportunities and networking with your peers. Please R.S.V.P. to Kelly at

Rally Book Club: In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene by Doug Peacock

Saturday, September 20, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Join your colleagues in a facilitated discussion on this thought-provoking book. No fee, just purchase and read the book prior to Rally.

Closing Reception and Documentary Film Screening

Saturday, September 20th, 5:45pm –  8:00pm | $30
Finish up Rally with a screening of the award-winning documentary North of the Sun. Discover the story of two men that spent nine months in the isolated and frigid bay of a remote, arctic island off the coast of Norway. They build a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light. This inspirational adventure film is a joyful, beautifully filmed tale of chasing a dream. Light snacks and one drink ticket provided. Presented by newportFILM and Aquidneck Land Trust.

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