For many of us, 9th grade U.S. history is a dim memory of patriotic founding fathers resisting British tyranny, manifest destiny guiding our forefathers’ efforts to “tame” the West and waves of immigrants creating a grand melting pot. We now know that wasn’t the whole story or even a particularly accurate story. We see time and again, those who hold power bury or brush aside painful and difficult events in American history. And the history of private land conservation is no different. From the overt racism of conservation’s founders to the forced removal of Indigenous people first from ancestral homelands and then from our national parks to make room for white tourists to the (ongoing) lack of access to our public trails and concentration of parks, trees and open space in predominantly affluent, white neighborhoods, the history of conservation has truly been “whitewashed.” Additionally, many narratives exclude the leadership and expertise of Indigenous and Black communities throughout the history of land conservation. In this seminar presenters will unlock key moments in history that shape private land ownership and the conservation landscape we work in today. Note this is part one of a day-long training. The afternoon seminar will focus on what repair might look like through stories and conversation. We strongly encourage participants to register for both the morning and afternoon seminars.