Rhode Island Land and Water Conservation Mini Summit

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Rhode Island Land and Water Conservation Mini Summit

Join us for a half-day summit!

By Rhode Island Land Trust Council

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, April 8 · 9am - 1pm EDT


Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences 120 Flagg Road South Kingstown, RI 02881

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Refunds up to 7 days before event
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About this event

  • 4 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

On Saturday, April 8th, 2023 from 9am-1 pm, URI Cooperative Extension is joining forces with the Rhode Island Land Trust Council and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island to bring you a half-day Land & Water Conservation Mini Summit at URI!

Note: The 2023 Mini-Summit will take place in the Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences, NOT the Memorial Union.

This year, we are excited to welcome Ian McSweeney, Director of Agrarian Trust to give our Keynote address. Ian will speak about the Agrarian Commons- a necessary and innovative land-ownership model that addresses the current realities of how land is owned, how tenure and equity are conveyed, and how land stewardship is carried out. This model challenges corporate and large-scale agriculture land-ownership models, and offers a new, sustainable approach for the small farmer. We will be encouraged to consider how to apply these methods to land and water conservation in Rhode Island. You’ll leave feeling inspired, more connected with your peers, and equipped with new information to bring back to your organization!

Read more about Ian McSweeney here.

The Mini-Summit will also feature a panel discussion on engaging & retaining volunteers, a marketplace and sponsor showcase, three break out sessions, and various opportunities to network with other attendees. We will be offering breakfast and coffee at the event.

In an effort to reduce waste, please bring your own reusable mug!

Learn about past summits.


8:00 AM

Breakfast and Marketplace

9:00 AM

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

9:15 AM

Keynote: Ian McSweeney

Executive Director, Agrarian Trust

10:15 AM

Panel: Engaging and Retaining Volunteers

11:00 AM

BREAK: Networking and Marketplace

11:30 AM

Breakout Sessions

1: Federal Funding for Land Conservation 2: Water is Life with Silvermoon LaRose, Tomaquag Museum 3: Native Plants and Pollinator-friendly Gardens

12:30 PM

Breakout Recap and Discussion

1:00 PM


About the organizer

$0 – $55