Join WWF for
Virtual Lobby Day 2021
March 9, 2021
March 9, 2021
Globally, the support and resources provided by the United States government are a critical part of a worldwide response to the most pressing conservation challenges we face. Our government represents us—and its actions and policies should reflect our priorities. Every year, we bring WWF Activists from all across the country to meet with their federal representatives in support of critical conservation priorities in the federal budget.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Lobby Day will be held completely online for the first time, allowing constituents to safely interact and communicate directly with their members of congress and congressional staffers. WWF will provide online training sessions in advance of the day and assign groups of citizen activists from the same state or nearby region to virtually meet with their members of congress on critical international conservation programs around the world.
How WWF Will Prepare You for Lobby Day
After you register for Lobby Day and are confirmed to attend, you will work closely with WWF staff to develop talking points and prepare for meetings with congressional offices. In place of our usual full day of training in-person, this year the training will be split over two days and will be held entirely online.
Training Session 1: Congress 101 and WWF Policy and Talking Points Brief
Friday, March 5
WWF policy experts will cover a review of how Congress functions, and provide a policy guide specific to the meetings you will have on Lobby Day. These training sessions will be recorded if you are unable to view them live and available for On-Demand viewing.
Training Session 2: Group Work
Monday, March 8 (Mandatory to attend)
For the group work training, you will be assigned with the three to five other activists in your Lobby Day group. A panel of WWF staff will share their experiences and learnings from working on the hill and answer any questions. By the end of the day, you and your group should feel comfortable and confident about speaking with representatives and sharing WWF’s environmental priorities. This training session is mandatory.
In addition, throughout January and February, there will be several Zoom webinars on related topics to ensure participants feel prepared in advance of Lobby Day.
Mark Your Calendar
JANUARY 26: Overview and expectations of the new Congress and Administration | Watch recording >
FEBRUARY 9: What to expect in a meeting with your Member of Congress and staff | Watch recording >
FEBRUARY 23: AdvocacyDay Web Portal Tech Training | Watch recording >
MARCH 2: Lobby Day Logistics
MARCH 5: Congress 101 and WWF Policy and Talking Points Brief
MARCH 8: Lobby Day Group work (Mandatory to attend)
Become a WWF Lobby Day Team Leader
Have you participated in our Lobby Day in the past? Ready to take your participation to the next level? We are looking for volunteers to serve as Team Leaders. As a Team Leader, you will gain valuable leadership experience by helping prepare participants for their legislative appointments, and you’ll act as the main contact between WWF and your group on Lobby Day.
Team Leads are responsible for:
- Knowing background and relevant positions of assigned legislators (provided by WWF)
- Introducing your group as a WWF delegation
- Steering the general discussion of the meeting and sending a follow up email to the Member of Congress or staff with the “leave behind” materials
- Reporting back on out how the meetings went after Lobby Day
Team Leads are NOT responsible for recruiting teams and are NOT required to do all the talking. The discussion should be constituent-driven, with different people speaking to various talking points.
Interested in being a Team Lead? Email: [email protected] today and let us know.