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Gatherings

Four times a year we convene experts, facilitate a regional conversation, and catalyze new partnerships.

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Gatherings

Four times a year the Open Space Council convenes a Gathering about a topic relevant to land conservation in the Bay Area. Scroll through the Gatherings below by topic, or look for a particular speaker over on the right. Upcoming Gatherings are announced on our Events page.

Gatherings (chronologically)

 

Mar 2017 Gathering

What Park Visitors Really Want and Need: A Tale of Two County Park Departments as Told Through Visitor Surveys

March 16, 2017

Speakers were Dr. Nina Roberts, Dr. Patrick Tierney, Max Korten, Sarah Birkeland, and Pat O’Brien to moderate.

Read about it on the blog.

 


 

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Where the Wildlife Roam

January 26, 2017

Speakers were Assemblyperson Marc Levine, Tom Robinson to speak and moderate, Amy Golden, and Courtney Larson.

Read about it on the blog.

 


 

Nov 2016 Gathering

Homes and Habitats in the South Bay

November 17, 2016

Speakers were Senator Jim Beall, Angel Rios, Jr., Barbara Marshman, Leslye Corsiglia, Steve Abbors, and Dorsey Moore.

Read about it on the blog.

 


 

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Using Social Media for Tangible Outcomes

September 29, 2016

Speakers were Veda Banerjee, Megan Medieros, and Annie Burke.

Read about it on the blog.

 


 

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Where the Water and Land meet

March 17, 2016

Speakers were Norma Camacho, Mike Swezy, Richard Sykes, and Tim Ramirez to moderate.

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

Grazing and Conservation Part II: Cooperating with Ranchers

January 28, 2016

Speakers were Robert Doyle, Justin Fields, and Nancy Schaefer.

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Regional Funding, Regional Action

November 19, 2015

Speakers were Sara Fain, Amy Hutzel, David Lewis, Kathryn Lyddan, Erich Pfuehler, and Andrea Mackenzie to moderate.

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

Here and Now: a film and discussion exploring Native American and land conservation partnerships

September 17, 2015

Social justice, land conservation, human history, and scientific knowledge woven together in a short film showcasing Bay Area partnerships between Native Americans and land conservation organizations.

Watch the film

 


 

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Funder’s Perspective on Bay Area Land Conservation

March 19, 2015

Panelists were Kim Bailey, Amy Hutzel, Ken Kirkey, Elaine Peacock, and Holly Potter.

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Ballot Measures & the Implications of Changing Demographics

January 19, 2015

Speakers were Phil Ginsburg, Sergio Jimenez, Yoriko Kishimoto, Marc Landgraf, H.G. Nguyen, Rosemary Cameron.

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Opening the Doors and Gates

November 20, 2014

Speakers were Jose Gonzalez, Kate Bickert, Carol Johnson, Jered Lawson, Chris Overington, Alison Young.

Partnership with ChangeScale. Sponsorship provided by Environmental Education Funders Collaborative.

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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The Why, How and What’s Next on Ecosystem Services in  the Bay Area

September 25, 2014

Speakers included Mary Ruckelshaus, Karen Gaffney, Ann Hayden, Andrea Mackenzie, Daniel Mountjoy, Tim Ramirez

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Stewardship Palooza

March 20, 2014

Projects included Alameda County Resource Conservation  District, Amah Mutsun Land Trust, California Rangeland  Trust, East Bay Regional Park District, Fish Friendly  Farming, Living Landscape Initiative, Pepperwood  Preserve’s TBC3, Point Blue’s Rangeland Watershed  Initiative, Presidio Trust, UC Cooperative Extension,  Urban Creeks Council.

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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A Birthday Party for California State Parks

January 16, 2014

Speakers included Robert Doyle, Caryl Hart, Danita  Rodriguez, Andy Vought, and Ken Wiseman

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Food, Water, Climate, People and the Land that Ties  it all Together

November 22, 2013

Speakers included Andrea Mackenzie, Mike Mielke, Carol  Presley, Bill Shoe, and Eli Zigas

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Maps and Apps, Tools and Tips

September 12, 2013

Speakers included Google Earth (Peter Birch), Stamen  Design (George Oates), Avenza (Tristan Lyttle), Canogle  (Arthur Bart-Williams), Transit & Trails (Ryan  Branciforte), GreenInfo Network (John Kelly), Nerds for  Nature (Victoria Bogdan)

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Going to the Public for Conservation

March 21, 2013

Speakers included Rosemary Cameron, Linda Dahl,  Jared  Boigon, Rick Callendar, and Sam Schuchat.

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Who are you? Who are we?

January 17, 2013

Interactive program with small group discussions about  why we do the work  we do to conserve and connect  people to land.

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Managing Land with Science in Hand

November 15, 2012

Speakers included Matt Freeman, Sasha Gennet, Kirk  Lenington, Julian Meisler, Diane Renshaw, Cindy  Roessler, Ted Sweicki, John Vollmar, Stu Weiss

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Sustaining our Communities with Local Food

September 20, 2012

Speakers were Melissa Hippard, Sibella Kraus, Kathryn  Lyddan, Andrea Mackenzie, Kellyx Nelson, Jennifer  Scheer

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Status Updates, Hashtags, Blogs and Other Internet  Doohickies 

March 15, 2012

Speakers were Veda Banerjee, Garrison Frost, Mike Hsu, Lance Knobel, Kathryn Krischer, Lisa Micheli

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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Who cares? And why should they?

January 19, 2012

Speakers included Avery Cleary, Sam Hodder, Jered  Lawson, Rue Mapp, Paul Ringgold

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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The Big Picture and Tactical Next Steps for State Parks

November 17, 2011

Speakers included Craig Anderson, Bob Berman, Lauren  Dixon, David Gould, Ruskin Hartley, Danita Rodriguez,  Traci Verardo

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

 


 

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 One Look Back, Two Steps Forward

September 15, 2011

Speakers were Amy Hutzel and Sam Schuchat

Read about it on the blog and see pictures here.

 


 

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Getting from here to there: Transportation, Open  Space, and Climate Change

July 21, 2011

 Speakers included Laura Cohen, Jeremy Madsen, Liz  O’Donoghue, Erich Pfuehler, and Jim Townsend

Read about it on the blog and see pictures here.

 


 

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Grazing & Conservation, Ranchers &  Environmentalists

March 17, 2011

Speakers were Sheila Barry, Larry Ford, Lynn  Huntsinger, Clayton Koopman, Teri Luchini, Darrel Sweet

Read about it on the blog here and here and see the pictures

 


 

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 Climate Change on the Ground

January 20, 2011

Speakers included Bob Berner, Karen Gaffney, Darla  Guenzler, Emily Burns, Lisa Micheli, Bruce Riordan

Read about it on the blog and here and see the pictures.

 


 

 

 

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Fundraising Stories from and for the Land

November 18, 2010

Speakers included Kristine Ball, Kate Bickert, Megan  Ferreira, Reed Holderman

Read about it on the blog and see the pictures.

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