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New Jersey Conservation Rally

21st Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally



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


Friday, March 17, 2017


Celebrate Green!


Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ










To view the program and workshops offered, click here.

Download presentations and handouts by clicking on the link above. 

t"Healthy Land ... Healthy Water"



Thank you, Dr. Robinson, for being our Keynote Speaker!

"The Role of Land Use as NJ's Climate Changes"

Dr. David Robinson

NJ State Climatologist, Professor of Geography, Rutgers University


Features of the Rally:


Continuing Education Credits


NJ Public Health


Continuing Education


Contact Hours





NJ Conservation Foundation has been approved by the NJ Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuiing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

New Jersey Recreation & Park


Continuing Education Units



AICP Certification


Maintenance Credits






Shamrock Sheiks

at the Social

Book & Gift Shop from NJ Audubon Society's Plainsboro Preserve

Image result for njas plainsboro preserve environmental center shop


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







The Merrill G.


and Emita E.


Hastings Foundation
















Environmental Consultant

Integra Realty










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

Memory Lane from Past Rallies





The Conservation Fund * The Watershed Institute * Brinkerhoff Environmental Services * Sourlands Conservancy

Rutgers University Water Resource Program * Natural Resources Conservation Service * Raritan Headwaters Association

Ronald A. Curini Appraisal Company * Rahway River Watershed Association * Barnegat Bay Partnership

Association of NJ Environmental Commissions * Student Conservation Association

Wild Ridge Plants * Environmental Logic * NJ Conservation Foundation * Land Trust Alliance

JM Sorge * Rowan University NJMap * NJ League of Conservation Voters

NJ Highlands Coalition * Crossroads of the American Revolution Association * Terraflix

NJ Sierra Club * North Jersey Health Collaborative * PSEG

NJ Water Supply Authority/River Friendly Program * Remote Intelligence


Farmers MarketToadshade Wildflower Farm, Robson Farm, Neshanic Valley Beekeepers, Long Note Farm

Book & Gift Store:  NJ Audubon Society



Hear Voices of Conservation!


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.




Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions  · D&R Greenway Land Trust

FAV 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
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association · Sourland Conservancy

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey

The Nature Conservancy · Trust for Public Land



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.

350 conservationists attended in 2016. All workshops are at least 75 minutes long and multiple sessions run concurrently. 

Who is the audience?
The New Jersey Land Conservation Rally attracts a diverse audience. Here is the breakdown of 2016 attendees:

> 36% represented land conservation nonprofits, including land trusts that acquire land, nonprofits that steward land and watershed associations
> 15% from other nonprofit organizations

>16% 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
> 13% students
> 9% from private companies that support land conservation, such as environmental consulting firms and trail builders
> 11% others, including general public, academic institutions, and unaffiliated individuals

The experience and skills of Rally 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



Updated March 21, 2017


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