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  COMMUNITY | Annual Conference


Welcoming, Interacting, Participating

How We Can Open Up the Conversation about Land Conservation

Open Space Conference, May 8, 2014

    Golden Gate Club, Presidio, San Francisco

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Why do we need to engage people in the protection and stewardship of parks, trails, working lands and other protected lands? The reasons are numerous and well-known. 

How do we do that? How do we create a culture in land conservation that is welcoming, interactive and participatory? How do we encourage people of all kinds to engage in meaningful ways to our efforts to protect and steward land? These are more challenging questions than the question of ‘why,’ but increasingly just as important. How we involve people in land conservation today will set the tone for land conservation tomorrow. But this isn’t a one-way street where we need to convince others of the value of protected lands. This is an exchange of information and resources that flows in both ways at the individual, organizational and regional levels.

Photo_2014 Conference Speakers


Join us and the speakers above - including California Secretary of Natural Resources, John Laird - for an interactive conversation about interactivity at the 15th annual Open Space Conference on May 8, 2014 in the Presidio.


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  Early bird tickets end April 9


We will discuss what we can do individually and collectively to interact in meaningful ways with those we work with and those we serve. We will look at habits and traditional approaches with a close eye to what we can do differently to get new results.

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About the Open Space Conference:


The Open Space Conference builds community so that the people, organizations and agencies who protect land and connect people to land are better equipped to address challenges and seize opportunities. We equip attendees by pushing the thinking in new ways; looking ahead to what's around the corner; and building relationships across agency, geographic and generational lines. We believe that breaking bread together and talking about issues that are important are critical to a strong community. We also believe that we can do more together than we could individually.

See the 4 past conferences by clicking on the images below:


2013 Conference Program      2012 Conference_Program Cover 

2013                                                  2012


2011 Conference_Program Cover       2010 Conference program cover

2011                                                  2010


For more information about the Open Space Conference, contact Annie Burke at annie at openspacecouncil dot org.



Photo by Jen Hale at the 2013 Open Space Conference.

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