Education and Training

Register for one of our upcoming webinars by selecting from the list below.

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Featured Upcoming Webinars

Bat Monitoring Training

Through OLTA’s Conserving Species at Risk (CSAR) Program, we are hosting a Bat Monitoring Training Session on Friday, May 28th, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST). This session will introduce land trust staff and volunteers to Ontario’s bat species and the acoustic monitoring techniques that can be implemented to collect bat biodiversity data to help guide stewardship actions to benefit Ontario’s SAR bat populations. The session is free for those associated with OLTA members/associates and $40 for others. Register here.

Available Webinar Recordings

Natural Burials

When: Thursday, April 29th, 2021 @1:30 – 2:30 PM (EST)
Who: Susan Greer (Executive Director, Natural Burial Association) and David Love (Founding Director, Natural Burial Association).
Description: Natural burial grounds and land trusts share common goals. So why not partner? Join the Natural Burial Association (NBA) as they highlight the current status of the movement in Ontario, as well as insights into the conservation burial ground movement gleamed from the US.

To access this recorded webinar, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or

About the Speakers

Susan Greer

Susan is the Executive Director of the Natural Burial Association. One fateful day in 2018 she learned about natural burials while listening to CBC and it sparked a passion that hasn’t shown any signs of waning. She’s also on the board of the US Green Burial Council, and pitches in at her old agency Gravity Inc., a communications agency that supports non-profits.

David Love

David raised his first dollar for the environment in 1969. He raised his most recent one today. In 2013, the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter recognized his efforts by awarding him their lifetime achievement award. David is one of the founding directors of the Natural Burial Association. He also occasionally works on legacies with his daughter’s direct response company, Agents of Good, where he is affectionately known as “The Godfather of Good. On April 22, the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, his book, “Green Green: Reflections on 51 Years of Raising Money for Nature” will be published.

Indigenous Learning Series for Land Trusts

Webinar 1: Common Portrayals and Myths of Indigenous Peoples 

When: Friday, April 16th, 2021 @1:00 – 3:00 PM (EST)
Who: Gary Pritchard, Principal Indigenous Ecologist and Engagement Specialist, 4 Directions of Conservation Consulting Services
Description: If Canadians are to create a space for reconciliation, then further education is needed for them to understand Indigenous ways of knowing.

But before we can begin that educational journey together, we need to address and eliminate some of the misconceptions, beliefs and inaccuracies Canadians with Indigenous peoples. This webinar targets some of those misconceptions that most Canadians believe that are true.

About the Speaker – Gary Pritchard

Gary Pritchard ~Giniw (Golden Eagle) is a Conservation Ecologist & Indigenous Engagement/Placemaking Specialist from Curve Lake First Nation, Ontario. Gary has had the privilege to work on behalf of Indigenous peoples throughout Ontario and Canada. He has travelled and worked in almost 300 Indigenous communities throughout Canada and the northern United States. He has brought a wealth of knowledge to both his Indigenous and non-Indigenous cliental performing a wide variety of services including: Indigenous Community Planning, land-use/traditional knowledge studies, Indigenous lead conservation and restoration, Ecological Monitoring using Two-eyed Seeing, Indigenous Place-making, capacity building, expert testimony, mediation between western science and traditional science and subject matter expert on behalf of Indigenous communities.

Gary loves to connect and educate people through nature. He does this through several mediums. His favourite way is through his wildlife photography and storytelling. He believes that if individuals especially youth can form a connection with nature then all people can make conscious decisions on how we impact Mother Earth and the next seven generations. Gary likes to spend much of his free time educating the youth about “All Our Relations,” with his most favourite students being his two children.

One of Gary’s greatest strength is that he is often able to be the one who acts as the bridge between the Indigenous Community and the western style of governance. Gary has successfully collaborated with many stakeholder groups, researchers, institutes, government agencies, Indigenous communities, and political organizations to address environmental concerns and identify practical solutions to environmental related issues.

To access this recorded webinar
, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Connecting Invasive Species Action and Biodiversity Solutions

As part of OLTA’s Conserving Species at Risk Program , we offered a webinar over zoom on February 3, 2021, at 10:00AM – 11:00AM (EST) to make the case for linking invasive species action and species at risk recovery.

Invasive species are a leading cause of species losses globally and invasive species management provides land managers with an excellent opportunity to affect positive biodiversity change. In this webinar the Invasive Species Centre will demonstrate the many impacts of invasive species including the latest connections to Ontario’s economy, culture and environment. We will build the case for investment in invasive species prevention and mitigation, and highlight the policy and ecological linkages between invasive species action and many Species At Risk.

About the Speaker – Colin Cassin

Colin joined the Invasive Species Centre as a Policy and Program Development Analyst in 2018. His work supports connecting Canada’s many invasive species to species at risk, economics, and other related consequences of biological invasions. He was appointed to Ontario’s Species At Risk Program Advisory Committee in 2020, and is the Chair of the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. He lives and works in Peterborough.

To access this recorded webinar, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or

Restricted Funds

As part of OLTA’s Land Trusts Conservation Fund (LTCF) Capacity Building project, we offered a Restricted Funds webinar over zoom on January 27th at 2pm – 3pm (EST).

Our promise is to protect our lands forever. An important aspect to keep this promise is financial. Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices (2019) Standard 6 – Financial Oversight, Practice A – Fiscal Health states the need to:

  • Build and maintain sufficient operating reserves to sustain operations
  • Adopt and implement a plan to build and maintain dedicated or restricted funds sufficient to cover the long-term costs of stewarding and defending the land trust’s land and conservation agreements.

During this webinar we were joined by Mark Bisset (Executive Director, The Couchiching Conservancy) and Susan Walmer (Chief Executive Officer, Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust), who shared their land trust’s experiences with restricted funds.

To access this recorded webinar, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or

Conservation Easement Agreement Webinar Series

Webinar 1: CEA Guide and Sample
When: Thursday, December 10th, 2020 @ 1:00 – 3:00 PM

During this webinar we will be joined by speakers Ian Attridge and Vicki Schmolka as they review the new guide and sample CEA. This webinar will highlight changes in the guide while outlining new S&P’s and any updated laws and policies that govern CEA’s. Ian will also provide valuable information on drafting a CEA to reflect and benefit Indigenous peoples and their interests.

Webinar 2: CEA Drafting, Violations, and Challenges 
When: Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 @ 1:00 – 3:00 PM

OLTA will be joined by speakers Ian Attridge and Vicki Schmolka for our second CEA webinar – CEA Drafting, Violations and Challenges. During this webinar, we will review CEA drafting practices while referring back to S&P’s where appropriate.

We will also be joined by Tanna Elliott from The Kensington Conservancy and Bob Barnett from the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy who will provide case studies based on their experience and lessons learned when dealing with CEA violations.

Webinar 3: CEA Revitalization 
When: Thursday, January 4th, 2021 @ 1:00 – 3:00 PM

This webinar is part 3 of our CEA Webinar Series, and will include case studies presented by Kristyn Ferguson from the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Susan Walmer from the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust to help you understand the process and value of CEA revitalization.

Webinar 4: Baseline Documentation Report (BDR) Guide Webinar
When: Friday, February 19th, 2021 @ 2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Ontario Land Trust Alliance’s (OLTA) Baseline Documentation Report (BDR) Guide was last updated in 2006. A team of four students from Fleming College worked in collaboration with OLTA staff and board to update the BDR Guide to reflect current legislation including the role of the BDR as a monitoring and enforcement tool. This update was completed through undertaking a review of relevant literature, other current BDR templates, feedback from an online survey targeting OLTA members, and valuable input from personal communication with other stakeholders.

An important section in the BDR Guide covers methods for updating a BDR and the reasons why an update may be necessary. Natural or human disturbances, CEA amendments, changes in legislation, and advancements in technology can all trigger an update, but what kind of update is required?

Webinar 5: CEA Monitoring and Landowner Relations
When: Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 @ 1:00 – 2:00 PM (EST)

A key aspect of our promise to protect our lands forever is that land trusts must have a program of responsible stewardship for their conservation agreements. During this webinar we were joined by speakers Bill Lougheed (Executive Director, Georgian Bay Land Trust), Brooks Greer (Land Protection Program Manager, Georgian Bay Land Trust) and Jamie Joudrey (Natural Heritage Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust), who shared their organization’s experiences with monitoring CEAs and maintaining regular communications with landowners. We were also be joined by Laura Kucey (Ontario’s Regional Coordinator for the Ecological Gifts Program), who offered an Ecological Gifts Program perspective during the webinar.

To access the recordings from this webinar series, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or

Climate Action Webinar and OTF Recognition Event

On November 27, 2020, OLTA hosted a free Climate Action Webinar as a part of our Climate Action Program funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

One of our greatest tools in our fight against climate change is hiding in plain site – nature! Nature Based Climate Solutions refer to actions that protect and restore nature which functions to capture and store carbon, reduce carbon emissions and help communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

You can access this recording here

Introduction to Miradi Training

As part of OLTA’s LTCF Capacity Building project and in collaboration with Réseau de milieux naturels protégés (RMN) and Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia (LTABC), we offered an Introduction to Miradi webinar on December 1st, 2020. Miradi guides nature conservation practitioners to design, manage, monitor, and learn from their projects to more effectively meet their conservation goals following a process laid out by the Open Standards.

This session is a hands-on training session using Miradi software to plan conservation projects based on the Open Standards. Through theoretical support and practical exercises, you will learn how to create a new project, create a conceptual model, assess risks, formulate a work plan and create and use Miradi reports.

This training will provide you with tools to:

  • visualize and document your soon-to-be protected sites,
  • identify which threats affect their conservation targets or which ones are the most significant,
  • assess which actions will influence the situation and results on your property, as well as how you will operationalize your stewardship plan through a clear work plan and a budget.

To access this recorded webinar, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or

OLTA Land Securement Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Negotiations from Start to Finish

Presented by Robert Orland and Kate Potter from Orland Conservation

The first webinar in our series will offer a detailed review of the land securement negotiation process. Working from landowner negotiations to dealing with third-party service providers before closing the deal, this webinar will include tips and lessons learned from Orland Conservation’s experience securing 5,000 acres of land in Ontario. Learn how to safeguard your resources while determining solutions that fit everyone’s needs: your partners/funders, the landowner and you!

Webinar 2: Land Securement Funders  

Presented by Kate Potter, Orland Conservation, with special guests from land securement funding organizations

Long gone are the days when land securement funding was in ample supply, but it is not all bad news. Hear from current funders about funding opportunities for land acquisition strategies and more!

To access these recorded webinars: OLTA members – $15 per webinar, $25 for both. Non-members – $25 per webinar, $40 for both. OLTA is pleased to extend member pricing to members of any land trust alliance in Canada. To access these webinar recordings, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or

Accessible Trails – Practical Design Tips Webinar

Given the excellent response to our Gathering workshop, Sustainable Trails for All, OLTA hosted an additional webinar on building accessible trails with Allen MacPherson from Fleming College. Allen provided an overview of the techniques and hands-on skills that are needed to plan, design and construct a sustainable/accessible trail that provides enjoyment for all. Whether you work with an existing trail or are contemplating a new trail, this presentation is for you! This webinar is free of charge – please request the recording by email.

Land Securement Training Webinars

Webinar 1: Reducing Land Securement Costs – From Contact to Closing

Presented by Robert Orland, Orland Conservation

The first webinar in our series will examine strategic, cost-saving methods to complete land and trail acquisition projects for your land trust, conservation authority or municipality. Learn how you can reduce securement costs through creative acquisitions, negotiations and strategic partnering. The discussion will cover methods for successfully negotiating costs with appraisers, partners and other professionals (e.g., surveyors, environmental consultants, lawyers). These solutions can assist with identifying cost-effective approaches to expand or connect existing natural areas and important trails.

Webinar 2: Landowner Contact – Getting to Yes!

Presented by Kate Potter, Orland Conservation

An effective landowner contact program will foster community education about land conservation and greenspace stewardship. This session will explore best practices in community engagement for land conservation, reviewing the process of landowner contact in detail while identifying and overcoming potential barriers. Topics will include (but not limited to): using GIS to target properties; turning cold calls into warm leads; what to insert into mail out packages; when and how to call, or drop by.

To access these recorded webinars: OLTA members – $15 per webinar, $25 for both. Non-members – $25 per webinar, $40 for both. OLTA is pleased to extend member pricing to members of any land trust alliance in Canada. To access these webinar recordings, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or

Ecological Gift Program – Training Webinars

Learn about the Ecological Gifts Program of Environment Canada, and how to promote it to your donors! OLTA has two recorded training webinars on the Ecological Gifts Program, which will provide you with a better understanding of this program, its requirements and processes.

Webinar 1: EcoGifts Primer

This webinar is great for anyone wanting a general overview of the EGP. It will be useful for staff and board members who are new to, or relatively inexperienced with the EcoGifts process, as well as landowners considering making a gift.

Webinar 2: EcoGifts Advanced

This webinar builds on the information presenting in EcoGifts Primer and provides a more in-depth look at the EGP, exploring issues such as change of use, split receipting, conservation easements and more.

To access these recorded webinars: OLTA members – $15 per webinar, $25 for both. Non-members – $25 per webinar, $40 for both. OLTA is pleased to extend member pricing to members of any land trust alliance in Canada. To access these webinar recordings, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or

2020 Workshop & Training

Carbon Offset – Webinar

This webinar took place on April 16th from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm via Adobe ConnectPresented by Cornelia Rindt from Nature Bank to cover information land trusts and other organizations should know before they enter the carbon market and some information on the new federal protocol which is expected to be released later this year.  Bob Barnett from Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy and a representative from Carbon Zero also discussed EBC’s offset project. Through this webinar you will learn the steps involved in evaluating your land, getting your credits to the market, and selling them.

Conservation Planning In Practice – Webinar

This webinar is presented as part of OLTA’s Land Trust Capacity Building project and took place on February 10th at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm via Adobe Connect. The webinar will cover conservation planning as well as tips to creating your conservation plan on a budget through real-life case studies.The webinar was presented by Kate Potter of Smooth River Consulting.

Kate has worked for 15 years in the conservation field, seven of those working in conservation land acquisition. Since 2018, Kate owns and operates Smooth River Consulting which focuses on multi-stakeholder collaboration projects (

You can access the recorded webinar here or just the presentation slides here

2019 Workshop & Training

OLTA Standards & Practices Engagement

After a 15-month consultation process, the Canadian Land Trust Alliance is happy to release the revised version of the Canadian Standards and Practices!  It means that the land trust community in Canada benefits from more readable, accessible and up-to-date industry standards.  It will help land trusts to uphold public trust, and build stronger and more effective land conservation programs.

OLTA is undertaking a program to assist our members to implement these revised S&Ps more effectively. The program consists of a survey on S&Ps implementation, two workshops, focus groups to identify ongoing training needs and a project to develop collate and share best practice materials.

Two workshops took place on  February 19th at the Orillia Library and on February 26th at the Arboretum in Guelph. The  workshops covered an overview of S&P changes and a deeper dive into specific Standards, including Ensuring Sound Transactions, Conservation Easement Defense and Endowments. Attendees were encouraged to share their experiences and resources.

Presentations from the workshops are available below:

S&P Overview – Presented by Alison Howson, OLTA.

CLT Standards and Practices 2019 Revisions – Presented by Marie-Michèle Rousseau-Clair, NCC.

Standard 9: Ensuring Sound Transactions & Standard 12A: Funding Land Stewardship – Presented by Antoin Diamond, Bruce Trail Conservancy.

Standard 11: CEA Stewardship and Defense – Presented by Ian Attridge, OLTA CEA Working Group Member, OLTA Governor, and Lawyer

Standard 11A: Funding Conservation Agreement Stewardship & Standard 12A: Funding Land Stewardship – Susan Walmer, Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.

Standard 12: Land Stewardship – Presented by Marie-Michèle Rousseau-Clair, NCC.

Putting it into practice: DIY species at risk monitoring, management, and outreach

Land conservation plays an essential role in the protection and recovery of species at risk in Ontario. Monitoring, management and outreach programs are an important way to ensure conservation lands continue to protect species at risk and engage the community in species at risk recovery.

This workshop took place on February 14th from 10 am – 3 pm at rare Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge.

The workshop included a series of presentations on native bumblebee and Monarch monitoring and outreach, turtle recovery, butternut tree recovery, and planning prescribed burns. The presentations provided information needed to implement these programs on conservation lands. Speaker organizations included Forest Gene Conservation Association, Long Point Basin Land Trust, Ontario Nature, rare Charitable Research Reserve, and Wildlife Preservation Canada.

The workshop was $55 for OLTA members and $95 for non-members. Price included light breakfast and lunch.

2018 Workshops & Training

Cross-border Conservation Training Workshop

You are invited to participate in a cross-border conservation training workshop taking place on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Toronto Airport, 3299 Caroga Dr. Mississauga, ON L4V 1A3. Full travel and accommodation stipends will be available.

The cross-border conservation tax publication and calculator currently being developed by OLTA and American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts will be demonstrated. There will be presentations from legal, accounting, the Ecological Gifts Program and OLTA member perspectives. We will also provide information on how different programs can benefit US taxpaying land donors.

In addition, we will explore how cross-border conservation can be effectively considered during pro-active conservation efforts like securement strategies and outreach campaigns.

Land Trusts, Conservation Authorities, Municipalities, Lawyers, Accountants, Planners and Real Estate Agents are encouraged to attend. Please feel free to invite others who contribute to your organization to attend the workshop.

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Watch for a member bulletin announcing the workshop details.

This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Ontario.

Ecological Gifts Program: Regional Workshop

Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program (EGP) provides a way for landowners in Canada with ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. OLTA is pleased to announce two regional workshops to provide you with a better understanding of this program, its requirements and processes. Land Trusts, Conservation Authorities and Municipalities are encouraged to attend. Staff and board members involved in land acquisition, donor relations and property management will all benefit from the topics. Please feel free to invite others who contribute to your organization to attend the workshop.

See workshop flyer for more details.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Orillia Public Library
36 Mississaga Street West
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Bird Studies Canada
115 Front Street, Port Rowan

This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.


2017 Workshops & Training

Ecological Gifts Program: Regional Workshops

Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program (EGP) provides a way for Canadians with ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. OLTA is pleased to announce two regional workshops to provide you with a better understanding of this program, its requirements and processes.

This full-day workshop will be beneficial for anyone wanting a general overview of the EGP. It will be useful for staff and board members who are new to, or would like an in-depth refresher of the Ecological Gifts Program process. In addition to the submission process and how submissions are evaluated, the workshop will also cover the financial benefits of going through the EGP (of interest to your donors and board members), and reviewing appraisals (for those of us who are not appraisers). See workshop flyer for more details.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Bruce Trail Conservancy office
55 Head Street, Dundas ON
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Quinte Conservation office
2016 Old Highway 2, Belleville ON


This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.


Species At Risk Workshops

Join the Ontario Land Trust Alliance and our new expert presenters for 2017. Download the SAR Workshop flyer – Winter 2017.

London Workshop
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority boardroom, 1424 Clarke Road, London ON, N5V 5B9.
Monday, December 11, 2017 8:30 am—3:00 pm



Topics will include:

  • Reptiles At Risk: Growing Threats and Recovery Efforts in Southwestern Ontario
  • Loggerhead Shrike Recovery in Ontario
  • Evidence-based Conservation Management of At-Risk Bees
  • Federal Aquatic Species at Risk
  • Bats At Risk

Belleville Workshop
Quinte Conservation Authority boardroom, 2061 Old Highway 2, Belleville, ON K8N 4Z2
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
9:30 am—3:00 pm

Topics will include:

  • Management Actions to Mitigate and Promote Recovery of Reptile Species at Risk
  • Birds At Risk in Agricultural Landscapes
  • Bioacoustic Monitoring of Biodiversity on Land Trust Properties
  • How NHIC and Land Trust Associations Can Work Together to Optimize Our Conservation ImpactGovernment of Ontario logo




2016 Workshops & Training

Ecological Gifts Program: Real Estate Appraisal Workshop

This interactive workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the Ecological Gifts Program (EGP) Appraisal Review Panel and considerations for commissioning, undertaking and reviewing real estate appraisals of natural lands and interests of lands. 

This workshop will greatly benefit anyone who writes, commissions or is in need of an appraisal of land/interests in land for conservation purposes, including all EGP Eligible Recipients, land securement/conservation staff, real estate appraisers, land trust board members, and landowners working with conservation organizations.

When: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, ON M3J 2P3
Cost: $50 for OLTA Members & Associates; $75 for non-members

See workshop flyer for more details.

2015 Workshops & Training

Regional Training Workshops

OLTA held a one-day Assessing Your Organization Training Workshop, March 5, 2015 in Innisfil, ON. We had presentations from Kimberley MacKenzie, CFRE on sustainable fundraising programs and from Wanda Stephen and Laura Salmon of Kawartha Conservation on Human Resource issues. Contact our office for copies of these presentations.

OLTA’s Species at Risk Workshops

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OLTA is offering two workshops on Conserving Species at Risk on Land Trust Property in the fall of 2015. These regionally based workshops will cover how to undertake a SAR inventory, and advice on conservation actions for some of the following species/groups: turtle and snake species at risk, plants, forest birds, fishes, mussels and bats.


Orillia Workshop – held at Orillia Library, Orillia, L3V 3A6, on Monday, December 7, 2015 9.30am – 3pm

  • How to record Species at Risk on Your Property, including SAR Plants Case Study.
  • Identifying and Addressing Threats to SAR Reptiles.
  • Bats Species at Risk Surveying and Increasing Engagement
  • Fish and Mussel Species at Risk in Ontario.

South West Workshop – held at UTRCA, London, N5V 5B9, ON on Thursday, December 10, 2015 9.30am – 3pm

  • Identifying and Addressing Threats to SAR reptiles.
  • Best stewardship Practices for Plant Species at Risk.
  • Current actions for Species at Risk birds.
  • Bats Species at Risk Surveying and Increasing Engagement.
  • Fish and Mussel Species at Risk in Ontario.