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At the end of our Star Creek Adventure day in June, one the Land Trust’s members came up to me to gush about the event. This happened all day, but she said something that I keep thinking about. It’s really, she said, like being with your tribe.

One definition of a tribe is a group of people with similar values or interests – and by that definition Land Trust supporters are certainly a tribe. We share a love of the natural world, a desire to be in that world, and the willingness to take action to protect what we love.

I think that coming together has a special power now because the world we love is under assault in new ways and it is heartening to be around others who share our values.

So, I hope to see you at our members-only Little Bee Barn Bash August 5th. You can become a member here and sign-up for the event here. There will be hay ride farm tours, free beer and wine, and a great band for your listening and dancing pleasure. The tribe will all be there.

If you’re a member (or become one) of our Conservation Circle (minimum $1,000 annual gift), you’ll be invited to our annual Conservation Circle Garden Party at the home of Board member Patty Quillin and her husband Reed Hastings. We’ll be honoring a true chieftain of our tribe, John Laird, who had done decades of work protecting this place we love.

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Stephen Slade is the Executive Director at Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. He has more than 40 years non-profit experience in fundraising, communications, and management – and a deep passion for the lands that make Santa Cruz special.

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