Convene, Connect, Catalyze Action

Our coalition of nonprofits, public agencies, and Indigenous Tribes stands together during this extraordinary time. TOGETHER Bay Area was built to connect, convene, and catalyze action so that we can meet these challenges with the energy and innovation for which our region is known.

In partnership with our members, we are: 

  • Advocating for funding and policies that support our members’ programs and projects, especially through the public health and economic crises. 
  • Leveraging local and regional data -like the Conservation Lands Network and the Bay Area Green Stimulus Opportunities report – to build coalitions and influence decision making. 
  • Convening our members and partners with:
    • Virtual Gatherings to discuss hard and important topics with curiosity and compassion. 
    • A regional public education campaign for public health and public lands. 
    • Regular meetings on specific issues and with specific roles. 

Report: Bay Area Green Stimulus Opportunities

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how we live together on this planet because of the public health and economic crises we’re facing. Our members are part of the solution and this report makes that case.

Our findings reveal that with investment from the State, our members could create at least 10,500 new jobs with more than 620 projects throughout the 10 counties that would in turn directly or indirectly serve all 7.7 million residents. 

Read the report.

Gatherings during the COVID-19 era:

30 Minutes Together conservation with Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino about resilience, community, and how to nurture ourselves in tough times. Vincent is a member of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area and Louis is a member of the Rumsen Ohlone community. With Annie Burke on May 14, 2020.

30 Minutes Together conversation with Laura Rodriguez about privilege, meaningful experiences in nature, and the work we all need to do. With Annie Burke on May 7, 2020.

Conversation with Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer of the Coastal Conservancy about grants, bond measures, and more. With Shelana deSilva on April 13, 2020.

Conversation with Kim Klein about nonprofit fundraising, fundraising in a time of crisis, opportunities, and relationships with donors. With Annie Burke on April 3, 2020.

Parks and Public Health with Dr. Nooshin Razani, UCSF, and Dr. Curtis Chan, San Francisco Public Health, about what is safe in parks, how we think about nature, and the four crises we’re facing: COVID transmission, health care system, mental health during shelter-in-place orders, and economy. With Annie Burke on March 26, 2020.

Regional conservation strategy and the Conservation Lands Network 2.0 webinar. With Tom Robinson and Stu Weiss in partnership with the CA Coastal Conservancy on March 26, 2020. 

A virtual water cooler conversation where we talked about what’s happening regionally, how we work from home, and how we can support each other on March 30, 2020.

Our first COVID-era Gathering was storytelling from from Eric Aaholm (YES! Nature to Neighborhoods), Nicole Braddock (Solano Land Trust), Max Korten (Marin County Parks), Kellyx Nelson (San Mateo RCD), Yakuta Poonawalla (Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy) on March 24, 2020.

Regional public education campaign

Our members and partners need to communicate consistently and clearly to the general public about the risks of overcrowding the region’s public lands (parks, trails, beaches, open spaces, etc). We do our part to keep parks and people safe and healthy. And we need to welcome new park users, remind people of the value of public lands, and encourage kindness.  

In collaboration with our members, we have created regional messaging, a website (BayAreaOutdoors.org), two short videos, social media assets, and a toolkit that our members and partners can use. 

Join the chorus of diverse voices:

Community Conversations on specific topics

You have questions. We are here to help. Sign up to join a Community Conversation on the topic you want to discuss and find answers about. 

Habitat stewardship projects while sheltering-in-place
What are essential services and operations? How do we keep employees and volunteers safe? How do we make progress on our work while sheltering-in-place? This includes monitoring, stewardship, and other ‘in the field” work. Use this Google Drive folder to share information and connect with one another. Click here to join a list of people talking about this topic

Nonprofit fundraising, scenario planning, and hard decisions
How do we adjust fundraising goals, expectations, activities? How do we think about the coming weeks and months in terms of revenue? How do we make the hard decisions about expenses with so much unknown? Use this Google Drive folder to share information and connect with one another. Click here to join a list of people talking about this topic

Public health and public lands.

How do we keep people safe and healthy? How are parks and public lands part of the solution to this crisis? Use this Google Drive folder to share information and connect with one another. Click here to join a list of people talking about this topic

We encourage you to self-organize. Start an email chain, schedule a conference call, post documents to the shared Google Drive folder. If you want help convening a call, or reaching out to more people, please email [email protected]

Our two programs

Advocacy for Transformational Funding and Policies

The goal of this program is to transform how we as a region create resilient lands and people in the face of climate change while working towards justice and equity. We convene a Policy Committee of our members and we take collective action. 

Convening a Powerful Coalition

The goal of this program is to build the relationships that support the environmental and social changes required for resilient lands and people. 

Data and stories are incorporated throughout our programs.

The Conservation Lands Network (CLN) is a regional conservation strategy for the San Francisco Bay Area, with a set of goals and science-based decision making tools that support strategic investments in land protection and stewardship. These tools focus conservation in areas that represent the region’s biodiversity and support ecological function across the nearly 5 million acres that comprise the 10 Bay Area counties. Updated in November 2019, CLN 2.0 equips the Bay Area to respond to climate change, connect landscapes, and connect upland and bayland conservation.

The CLN was launched in 2005 by the Bay Area Open Space Council and will continue with TOGETHER Bay Area in order to leverage data, tell stories, and make the case for resilient lands. 

Learn more at BayAreaLands.org

Watch a webinar about the CLN hosted by the California Academy of Sciences. Tom Robinson and Stu Weiss presented.