May 7–10, 2024

Transformation & Tight Timelines

How do we meet the region’s time-sensitive climate needs while also investing in long-term solutions?

Across our organizations, this question pervades every aspect of our work towards climate resilience and equity. We know the climate and biodiversity crises demand immediate action. We hear calls to increase our pace, broaden our scale, and demonstrate our progress by counting acres, species, jobs, and funding dollars. And we know that so much of the work that matters, from stewardship to shifting power to building relationships, goes beyond measurement. We know we need to work at the speed of trust to create systems change for a sustainable, equitable Bay Area.

At the 2024 TOGETHER Conference, we’ll explore how regional collaboration can support both urgent needs and long-term transformation across three topics:

Conserving and stewarding 50% of the Bay Area’s lands by 2050

Building Tribal alliances and fostering right relations 

Securing significant and stable funding for the region

Featuring speakers, workshops, peer-to-peer learning sessions, and field trips, the Spring Conference is an opportunity to support the urgent work we need to do today and build the foundation for meaningful transformation. If you work for an organization focused on climate resilience and equity in the Bay Area and beyond, this conference is for you. We invite those in all stages of their career and all arms of an organization – whether your role is working on the land or water,  communicating, interpreting, fundraising, directing, interning, and more – to attend the conference to learn, connect, and collaborate. 

SCHEDULE

 

Tuesday, May 7 | Virtual kickoff online from 9:00–10:30 am

Wednesday, May 8 | All-day, in-person conference at the Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Thursday and Friday, May 9–10 | Field trips co-hosted by TOGETHER Bay Area members

Tuesday, May 7 | Virtual Kickoff

9:00–10:30 am

Featuring an opening day speaker, this online kickoff will also include opportunities to meet others attending the conference. 

Wednesday, May 8 | Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

8:00 am–6:30 pm

Join us to hear from speakers and engage in workshops about conservation and stewardship, Tribal alliances, and regional funding. The day will include time for social networking with colleagues and affinity groups, lunchtime outdoor activities, and corn hole and more in our lounge. We’ll connect over a locally catered breakfast and lunch and a celebratory afternoon reception. Our full schedule will be announced soon. Check out the 2023 Conference schedule to see what the day might be like!

TOGETHER Bay Area is excited to host our in-person conference day on May 8 at the Fort Mason Center’s Pier 2. We’ll miss the Craneway Pavilion (now the Craneway Pickleball Pavilion!) and Richmond, and we look forward to welcoming attendees in our new conference venue. The Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is located along the northern waterfront between Aquatic Park and the Marina Green in San Francisco. Check out directions and transportation options.

Thursday, May 9 & Friday, May 10 | Field Trips

Varying times

TOGETHER Bay Area members will host a number of incredible field trips over the two days. Each attendee has access to one field trip included with their conference ticket. We’ll announce field trip itineraries soon. You can see last year’s field trips here

SPEAKERS

Secretary Wade Crowfoot

Wade Crowfoot serves as California’s Natural Resources Secretary, leading efforts to conserve California’s environment and natural resources. He has served as Secretary since 2019 and advises Governor Newsom as a member of his cabinet.

Secretary Crowfoot oversees an agency of over 25,000 employees spread across 26 departments, commissions, and conservancies. His agency is charged with stewarding California’s forests and natural lands, rivers and water supplies, and coast and ocean. It also protects natural places, wildlife and biodiversity, and helps oversee the state’s world-leading clean energy transition.

Secretary Crowfoot is leading efforts to achieve Governor Newsom’s ambitious environmental vision, including a commitment to conserve 30 percent of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030. He oversees billions of dollars of public investment to protect people and natural places from climate change impacts, and has led efforts to navigate California’s record-breaking droughts, floods, and wildfires. Secretary Crowfoot has also initiated a new era of partnerships with California Native American Tribes and is shifting how the agency operates to better support all California residents and communities. Read his full bio

We look forward to announcing more speakers soon!

TICKETS

Conference registration opens on March 13! Purchase by April 19 for early bird pricing. Your conference ticket includes access to the virtual kickoff online, the in-person conference at the Fort Mason Center, and one field trip (on either May 9 or 10). 

TOGETHER Bay Area member tickets

Early bird tickets: $299
Regular tickets: $350

General admission

Early bird tickets: $350
Regular tickets: $399

Group discounts will be available for both member and general admission tickets. Groups of  5–11 tickets will receive a 10% discount, and groups of 12 or more tickets will receive a 15% discount.

We welcome all who are interested in attending, and if ticket pricing is a barrier to participation, please reach out Laura Rosenthal, [email protected], for more information about discounted or complimentary tickets. If your organization is interested in sponsoring a group of tickets to support equitable participation, please reach out to Laura!

SPONSORS

Sponsor our 2024 Conference and lead the way in supporting regional collaboration. We’re bringing together everyone who works for climate resilience and social equity in the Bay Area and beyond to reconnect and make tangible progress towards meeting essential climate timelines and long-term social systems transformation. The sooner you sign on as a Conference sponsor, the more impact you have—both for your organization and for the region. Sponsorship packages will be announced soon. View sponsorship packages here and email [email protected] to become a sponsor!

Thank you to our sponsors!

REGIONAL SPONSORS

WATERSHED SPONSORS

TRAIL SPONSORS

QUESTIONS?

Please reach out to our conference planning team at [email protected] with questions about the conference. We look forward to connecting with you!

2023 Conference photos thanks to Jen Hale Photography