Delaware River Watershed Workshops


Does your organization want to do any of the following?

  • Build your collective ability and plans to build and sustain trust with a greater diversity of communities?
  • Equip a group of leaders with knowledge, skills and plans to incorporate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice into conservation planning efforts so that projects and investments can systematically advance equity from the start?

If yes, you can nominate your organization or a group of leaders from your organization to participate in an in-depth workshop.

Building and Sustaining Trust: Your organization can hold an in-depth workshop with a team of staff from just your organization (8 hours over more than one session).  Organizational teams will leave with actions they can take immediately to begin effectively building trust with diverse communities and approaches you can add to your organization’s strategic plan.  Ideal for groups of at least 8-12 people from across the organization.  Can include board members, partners, including people from communities you want to work with. 

 Cost: Once selected, participating organizations are asked to pay a $500 commitment fee. By creating a goal and budget within the month after the workshop, your organization will receive $10,000 to implement next steps. Read more details about the program. 

Applications for both programs are now closed.

JEDI in Conservation Planning: Two or more staff from your organization can join a cohort of conservation professionals for an in-depth workshop (12 hours over multiple session) to incorporate the workshop information and practices into your work.  This includes reviewing the steps of the conservation standards and how JEDI can be implemented, tailoring an approach for the participants’ work that incorporates the learnings, and determining a project participants can use to begin implementing this conservation approach.  Depending on interest, the cohort will be formed with small teams of organizations working on the same strategy (e.g., land protection, restoration), types of projects, or within the same DRWI cluster.  This workshop is especially helpful for conservation staff and their supervisors.

Cost: Once selected, participants are asked to pay a $100 commitment fee / person or $300 for a team from one organization. Upon completion of the in-depth workshop, organizations with two or more participants can create a goal and budget and receive some funding to implement next steps. (Amount TBD based on number of participating organizations.)  Read more details about the program. 


About the Workshop Leader:

Leander Lacy is the owner and founder of Lacy Consulting Services. He has an impressive combination of wildlife conservation, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, applied social science, and conservation planning experience. He has worked for organizations such as Trust for Public Lands, The Nature Conservancy, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. He is also a professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ and has worked in the Delaware River Watershed system in the past.