The scale of the work that land trusts do is often difficult to see from the ground. Drones are dynamic, accessible tools that allow conservation professionals to create powerful, landscape-level imagery that would have required chartering an aircraft only a few years ago. Being able to capture and share an elevated perspective on the places that we all work so hard to protect can be eye-opening, incredibly useful, and easier than ever. In this session, we will showcase the many ways that we’ve used drone imagery to enhance our conservation storytelling and facilitate a conversation around ways attendees can do the same. We’ll introduce attendees to modern consumer drone technology and cover the basic skillsets needed for flying, practical considerations, anticipated costs and how to get licensed. Flying a drone for the first time can be intimidating, so at the end of the session, we’ll head outside for a short drone flight demonstration (weather and time permitting). In our experience, this is the best way to get people comfortable with the idea of flying a drone themselves. We will plan to capture a session photo from the air!