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23rd Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally





Share your product and services with the conservation community!  Check out current sponsors below.  Thank you!

Sponsor the Rally (click here) 

A one-day educational conference about preserving open space and farmland in New Jersey. 


"Conservation Innovations


in a Changing World"


Friday, April 12, 2019



Hyatt Regency Hotel

2 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Thank you for submitting a workshop proposal. 

The deadline for submission has passed.

The Rally Committee will decide the program this Thursday (11/29).


Registration is open!  To register for the Rally,


Click here



This could be you! 


Consider exhibiting at the NJ Land Rally.

Click here for exhibitor form.


2018 Keynote


David Case

Link to

"Nature of





Watch videos from last year's attendees about why

YOU should attend the Rally!  Click here.




Participate in the Rally's mentor/mentee program. 


Click on the logo above to learn more.



If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the 2019 Rally, click here!


2019 Rally Sponsors








Merrill G. &


Emita E.









Association of NJ Environmental Commissions

Hackensack Riverkeeper

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program






Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions 

Franklin Township Consulting, Land Preservation & Management

Great Swamp Watershed Association

Green Acres Program

Hackensack Riverkeeper

Monmouth Conservation Foundation

NJ Audubon Society   

NJDEP Land Use Regulation Program

New Jersey Conservation Foundation 

Raritan Headwaters Association

State Agriculture Development Committee
Watershed Institute

Sourland Conservancy

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey

The Nature Conservancy

Trust for Public Land

"20 Something" environmentalist!



What is the New Jersey Land Conservation Rally?

The annual New Jersey Land Conservation Rally is one of the nation’s largest statewide conservation training events. The event is a daylong educational experience offering workshops, plenary sessions, and networking opportunities.

400 conservationists attended in 2017. All workshops are at least 75 minutes long and multiple sessions run concurrently. 29 workshops were offered in 2017.   To see last year's program, click here.

Who is the audience?
The New Jersey Land Conservation Rally attracts a diverse audience. Here is the breakdown of 2017 attendees:

> 42% represented land conservation nonprofits, including land trusts that acquire land, nonprofits that steward land and watershed associations

> 25% from government entities, including federal, state, county and municipal leaders, from government offices and volunteers serving on open space committees, agricultural  

   advisory boards, and environmental commissions
> 10% students
> 11% from private companies that support land conservation, such as environmental consulting firms and trail builders
>   7% from other nonprofit organizations

>   5% others, including general public, academic institutions, and unaffiliated individuals

The experience and skills of Rally attendees vary tremendously, from professionals with years of experience to new volunteers and students.

Who are the presenters?

Our presenters are a knowledgeable and experienced group of professionals in conservation-related fields.

For questions, please contact Laura Szwak at New Jersey Conservation Foundation at 908-997-0720 or

Voices of Conservation

Hear Voices of Conservation!


Watch the video of Conservation Stories filmed at the 2016 Rally. 


Videotaped Interviews of 2016 Rally Attendees


Interviewees share their stories about why conservation and the environment are important to them.


Juan Martinez, Children and Nature Network, 2016 keynote

Tamara Hayden, Merck volunteer  

Bill Rawlyk, Open Space Institute 

Alanna Jamieson, student volunteer

Jenny Paredes, Latino Outdoors

Jennifer Coffey, Association of NJ Environmental Commissions

Pat Huizing, Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ

David Landry, Protection of Water, Wetlands, Woods (POWWW)

Eliot Nagele, Rutgers Water Resource Program

Nicole Scott-Harns, NJ Environmental Justice Alliance

MacKenzie Pitt, Lawrence Brook Watershed 

Suzanne McCarthy, Rowan Univ, South Jersey Land & Water Trust 

Lindsay McNamara, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ 

Christine Hall, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Bryana DeVeaux, Drew University student 

Rachel Fulreader, Drew University student 


Videos filmed by Jenni Coronato, edited by April Merl.




March 17, 2017

Collage produced by Ashvin Kumar, 2017 intern at NJ Conservation Foundation

To see pictures and activities from previous Rallies, click the following link.

Memory Lane from Past Rallies


Updated February 28, 2018


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