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2024 Learn Over Lunch Series

Building Connections Across Our Statewide Network

About Learn Over Lunch

California ReLeaf started the Learn Over Lunch (LOL) program for Network Member organizations as a result of the pandemic shutdown. Learn Over Lunch was developed to give Network Member organizations the chance to gather virtually multiple times a year to share and connect on a wide range of Urban and Community Forestry topics like educational programs, volunteer and community engagement strategies, workforce development programs, tree care tips, new tree planting initiatives, developing community partnerships, and so much more.

We have two main goals for Learn Over Lunch:

1. Build Connection Across the ReLeaf Network

We gather to build bonds across the Network, help member organizations get to know one another and hear what each organization is up to.

2. Provide Peer-to-Peer Learning Opportunities for Network Members

We hope Network Members can come to learn about tools, systems, and strategies that other groups are using and can walk away with some useful information. We encourage group discussions so resources and ideas can be shared by not only the presenting Network Member but to all who participate.

2024 Learn Over Lunch Dates

In 2024, we will host Learn Over Lunch (LOL) sessions over Zoom every other month starting in April on select Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

April 10th

Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Network Presenter: Clean & Green Pomona

Topic: Advocacy & Action:  Clean & Green Pomona’s Approach to Addressing Environmental Inequities

June 12th

Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Network Presenter: Ojai Trees

Topic: Tree Walks — Connecting Residents with their Community Trees

August 7th

Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Network Presenter: Little Manila Rising

Topic: To be announced soon!

October 9th

Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Network Presenter: Climate Action Now!

Topic: To be announced soon!

December 11th

Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Network Presenter: United Latinos

Topic: To be announced soon!

Learn Over Lunch FAQs

Who Can Attend Learn Over Lunch?
Individuals from ReLeaf Network Member organizations are welcome to attend. This includes Network Member organizational staff, volunteers, and board members.
What is the Learn Over Lunch Program format?
Program Format

11:45 a.m. Meet and Greets with Network Members

12:00 p.m. Network Member Presentation

12:20 p.m. Q & A

12:40 p.m. Breakout Room Discussion Groups

12:58 Closing

What are the requirements to present?
Guest speakers must also represent a ReLeaf Network organization. To feel more comfortable presenting, we recommend attending at least one Learn Over Lunch before presenting so that they understand the flow and community feel of these sessions. Please reach out to ReLeaf staff for more information.
Will Learn Over Lunch Sessions be recorded?
California ReLeaf will record the presentation portion. We will not record the Q&A and discussion portion to maintain a space where groups can feel comfortable sharing struggles or issues they are facing.

2023 Learn Over Lunch Series Recordings

Learn Over Lunch with Canopy

Topic: K-12 Educational Program Model

Recorded: December 13, 2023

Learn Over Lunch with California ReLeaf

Topic: Advocacy at the State and Local Level

Recorded: October 11, 2023

Learn Over Lunch with Tree Fresno

Topic: Workforce Development Program

Recorded: August 9, 2023