Conservationists of Color Happy Hour
Come grab a drink with Conservationists of Color! Join us for an informal happy hour and evening of connecting and building community. Come meet, network and celebrate with fellow conservationists of color and allies from across the country. All are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP via this link.
Throughout Rally 2023, Conservationists of Color welcomes all BIPOC Rally attendees to visit the In Living Color room at the convention center (Room TBD). This is a space for BIPOC conference participants who are seeking a container to connect, find deeper community and nourish our joy, rest and care.
About Conservationists of Color:
Conservationists of Color (CoC) is a national affinity group that was established to change the face of leadership of the conservation movement so that it represents the diversity and richness of the communities we serve and to increase the number of culturally responsible people of color who succeed professionally and positively impact the community. We work to fulfill this mission by leading national and regional workshops to build understanding in the conservation community around the issues and developments that affect the careers of BIPOC practitioners. More importantly, CoC provides a platform and critical space for people of color who work within the conservation movement to build community and connections that support their professional well-being and careers in a sector where oftentimes voices of BIPOCs are relegated to the margins. For additional information, please visit conservationistsofcolor.com.
Come and meet colleagues from your region for an evening of socializing and networking at the always-popular regional receptions.
Join your friends and colleagues for dinner as we kickoff the 36th Rally with the Welcoming Dinner and the Alliance Awards. Additional Fee Required.
Join colleagues advancing land conservation around the globe at the annual international breakfast at Rally. The International Land Conservation Network will showcase our work with our partners at the Center for Geospatial Solutions at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy on closing data gaps for private land conservation around the world, and highlight key themes and topics from our partners in Australia. Sign up here: https://lilp.formstack.com/forms/international_breakfast_rsvp
Engaging Communities on Relationships with Land
Start your day off with an immersive/experiential format in which the audience is encouraged to participate rather than simply spectate. Like workshops they've done in the past, Queer Sol Collective invites the audience into an intimate setting where they will establish a community circle and share a collective experience (through this workshop) that introduces Indigenous methodologies that shift the intrapersonal perspective between self and the land. They will elaborate on this concept by discussing their relational approach to healing and how it creates the symbiotic relationship of healing between the individual and the environment. The plant bundling practice participants will engage in will serve to demonstrate the cyclical nature of healing with plant medicine and will open the portal of discussion that invites participants to share about this experience. Creating an emotional connection with plants and with the natural world as a whole, is the way forward for our movement. Queer Sol Collective believes in working from the ground up, literally. Our movement is designed to ignite the emotional connection between the self and the land, piecing back together the true understanding of what nature is: everything, including us. The workshop will close in the same way we started, in circle, in community, but with a deeper innerstanding of why engaging community on the land is a crucial component for land conservation efforts. This morning session will be held outside on the Convention Center Plaza.
Stewardship Roundtable Breakfast
The stewardship roundtable is a great way to connect with others like you who spend their time and energy actively stewarding conservation. You get special time to share your stories about conservation management and learn from your peers. This opportunity for stewardship volunteers and staff to exchange ideas is always one of the best reasons to attend Rally! When else do you get the chance to talk with others from around the country facing the challenge of forever? RSVPs will be collected later this summer.
Urban Conservationists Breakfast
Conservationists work especially hard to protect land in urban areas. The Urban Conservationists Peer Network is a forum in which land trusts can share ideas, build networks and grow skills that are unique to their urban service areas. Current and prospective participants in this network are invited to gather and share thoughts for how land trusts can serve the “conservation concerned,” who disproportionately live in urban areas.
Heard about REPI and how land trusts can partner with military installations on conservation, but don't know where to start? If so, join REPI and Alliance staff for breakfast and discussion on how to we can partner to achieve great things for conservation.
Private land conservation has and can play a larger role in more inclusive land conservation outcomes. Join us as a panel of experienced practitioners discuss the diversity of experience and history of people and the land. Learn how land trusts, as allies, can support innovative strategies that increase the impact of their land conservation work and its benefits to the community. We will also celebrate the impact of Accredited land trusts.
All LGBTQIA+ Rally attendees and allies are cordially invited to a networking reception. Come meet your LGBTQIA+ conservation colleagues and share in food, drinks and fun conversation. Hosted by Bold Bison and the Land Trust Alliance.
Begin your day with an hour of stretching the mind, body and spirit. Prepare yourself to experience a busy day more fully focused. All levels are welcome. Additional Fee Required
Charles F. Sams III, 19th National Park Service Director is our invited plenary speaker. Read more >>
Closing Reception at Grand Central Bowl
Join us for a fun evening at Grand Central Bowl to close out Rally. If bowling isn't up your alley, visit the game room for shuffleboard, classic arcade games and pinball. Bowling, shoe rental, appetizers and two complimentary drink tickets provided. Pre-registration and additional fee required.