2018 Stewardship Network Conference

The 2018 Science, Practice, and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference

Thank you for joining us at the 2018 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference!

See you next year!

Agenda Photo Contest Entries Saturday Afternoon Workshops Sponsor the Conference Frequently Asked Questions Travel and Lodging Full Conference Program

The Stewardship Network was pleased to bring you two great days of informative presentations, networking sessions and workshops that will focus on the Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems.

  • A wide array participants from across the Great Lakes Region and beyond, including "Lessons on Integrative Conservation,"Tribal Stream and Michigan Fruitbelt Collaborative," "From Seeds to Service-Learning," and many more!
  • Student Poster and Photography competitions with cash prizes
  • Midewewin water ceremony
  • Interactive Workshops

Keynote Presentations

Dallas Goldtooth

Dallas Goldtooth is the national Keep It In The Ground campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network. He has traveled extensively across North America as a public speaker and organizer, addressing the needs and issues that affect Indigenous peoples today. He is a film producer, actor, and a comedian. He co-founded The 1491s, an all-indigenous social media group that uses comedy and satire as means of critical social dialogue. He is also a Dakota language activist, cultural teacher and dedicated father.

Sharon Farrell

Sharon Farrell is a Vice President of Stewardship and Conservation with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Ms. Farrell has worked for more than 25 years as an ecologist, community programs and project manager, and park planner. She has a background in vegetation management, restoration ecology, natural resources planning, and community and partnership development.

Ms. Farrell holds a MS in Park Management with emphasis on Ecological Restoration and Community Stewardship, and a BS in Chemistry. She currently manages the implementation of watershed-scale open space projects, with a focus on community involvement in wetland and coastal habitat restoration, and a number of conservation programs. Ms. Farrell also facilitates two landscape-level multi-agency and stakeholder collaboratives - the Redwood Creek Watershed Collaborative and the Mt Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (www.onetam.org) . Most recently, Ms. Farrell launched the California's Collaborative Stewardship Network, a peer-exchange network for cross-boundary landscape-scale stewardship partners.

Ms. Farrell oversees an annual budget of $6-8M and manages the Park's native plant nurseries, and community-based stewardship and monitoring programs. She also supervises and manages approximately 60 staff and interns, including project managers, conservation directors, science communication specialists, biologists and technicians. Additionally, she has both founded and led several community-based stewardship programs, and currently develops project transition strategies for capital funded projects to stewardship/operational programming.

Prior to working with the Parks Conservancy, Ms. Farrell was the Executive Director of the Watershed Project. Her work included capacity building for "Friend" groups, with a focus on partnership and fund development with municipalities and local governments. Ms. Farrell developed training and grants programs to support this work, and forged regional partnerships with other Bay Area non-profit organizations to support community-based stakeholder groups. Ms. Farrell also worked as an ecologist with the National Park Service, a resource planner with the Presidio Trust and an environmental consultant.

Ms. Farrell's work is rooted in her deep love of nature, where she enjoys backpacking hiking and kayaking, and her strong sense of place and community.