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What Events Should I Attend?

Rally is jam-packed with educational sessions and networking events that help you connect with people who share your interests, build lasting relationships, advance your skills, and inspire you.  To assist you in determining what events and sessions you might like to attend, we have listed all the functions in alphabetical order.


Board Member Summit (Seminar 9)

Make connections with fellow board members from across the country and share ideas on issues relevant to your important leadership role.  The Summit on Thursday, September 18th includes a full luncheon.  Fee and pre-registration required ($65)

Development Directors’ Forum

Development directors, vice presidents of philanthropy and others responsible 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. (Sept 20)


Visit the 50+ exhibits located in the heart of Rally activities in the Rhode Island Convention Center. Learn more about the projects, services, successes and offerings that are showcased. (Sept. 19-20)

Featured Sessions

These unique sessions consist of hot topics, interactive roundtables and government partner sessions. (Sept. 20)

Field Trips

Each year, several field trips are offered that highlight the region. Planned and led by local conservation groups, these fun and educational day trips offer you the opportunity to explore the local landscapes, learn something new about land conservation and network with your colleagues.  Typically, most of the field trips will sell out. If there is something you would like to attend – sign up early and save your spot!  Additional fee required.  Field trips will take place rain or shine and are non-refundable due to weather conditions. (Sept. 17-18)

Plenary Session

This general session is open to all Rally attendees and will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center. .

Opening Plenary Session with Keynote Speaker Andy Goodman

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission will proudly announce the 2014 accreditation awards and will honor the diverse land trusts that have achieved this distinction.  Open to all Rally attendees. (Sept. 19)

Regional Receptions.

Attend one of the popular Regional Receptions and meet others in your region while enjoying libations and appetizers.  First Timers are recognized at these receptions and all are welcome. (Sept. 18)


These sessions are intensive trainings that delve into important issues in land conservation taught by the top leaders in their field. The courses typically have a smaller class size of 45-55 people for a more personalized learning experience. Seminars consist of daylong sessions that are seven to eight hours in length and half-day sessions that are four hours long. Pre-registration and an additional fee are required to reserve your space.  Seminar handouts are not posted on RallyNet or The Learning Center.  Lunch is provided for attendees who register for one daylong or two half-day seminars. (Sept. 18)


Welcoming Dinner

Join 1,000 of your friends and fellow conservationists as we kickoff the 27th Rally.  Even though you might feel lost, once you enter the ballroom you will feel right at home.  Find a seat and enjoy the conversation, the meal and the Alliance’s premier awards presentation.  Hear Rand Wentworth, Alliance president, deliver a keynote address.Additional fee required. (Sept. 18)


Workshops run concurrently, are 90 minutes in length and can have 25 – 200 people in attendance. Workshops are included in the basic registration fee and handout materials are posted on RallyNet and The Learning Center to download. For planning purposes, pre-registration for the workshops is requested but not required. (Sept.19-20)

More on Workshops:  Plan your day.

Rally is jam packed with valuable information that ranges in difficulty and is tailored to attendees’ experience level.  Note that course levels are listed as:  Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and All Levels.  We highly recommend planning your day(s) to get the most out of your experience so it is helpful to carefully review the workshop chart and select your preferred sessions.  Be sure to choose alternative sessions in case the one you pick is not what you expected.  If a session is too advanced or too basic, you may choose to leave the session and drop in on another.  Please remember to be courteous in your comings and goings!

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