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While the information learned from presentations is an important part of the conference, past attendees tell us that the networking opportunities provided by a gathering like this are the most rewarding benefit of attending. As a result, we work to make sure we include plenty of time for networking, whether in hallway chats or through structured opportunities such as those below. You won’t want to miss these great chances to network.


Conference kickoff social and WWA Annual Membership Meeting

Sponsored by Stantec

Tuesday, February 20, 6:00 – 9:00 pm in the Linwood Ballroom at the Grand Geneva

Catch up with your wetland colleagues and friends while enjoying light refreshments and a cash bar at this fun event that kicks of Wisconsin Wetlands Association’s 2017 Wetland Science Conference. The event will be held in Linwood AB at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva.

Hear highlights from WWA’s work in 2017 during a brief annual membership meeting, then enjoy music from the Garlic Mustard Pickers band.

Attendees can pick up registration materials, review presentation abstracts, and plan their conference schedule ahead of time. Presenters are encouraged to load their presentations.

This is a FREE event.

Conference kick-off event schedule:

6:00 – Doors open

6:20 – WWA Annual Membership Meeting

6:45-8:00 – Music by the Garlic Mustard Pickers band

8:00-9:00 – Socializing and networking

About the Garlic Mustard Pickers

Get ready to kick up your heels and enjoy some Celtic fun with the Garlic Mustard Pickers band! The band performs traditional acoustical music from the historic Gaelic-speaking countries: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the islands, and the Celtic diaspora (Cape Breton, US and Australia). Their musical offerings range from fast dance tunes like jigs and reels to pub songs to Celtic slow airs, waltzes, laments, love songs, ballads, and other music.

Their name comes from their origins: three original band members began to discuss their love of music as they wiled away a sunny afternoon pulling garlic mustard out of a Grant Park natural woodlands area as part of the “Weed Out” program. The three musical weed-pickers dusted off their instruments and got together to play just for fun, but the group soon evolved into a “real band,” playing gigs and donating their earnings to support community projects in their own community. As of the end of 2014, they had donated nearly $25,000.

The band invites you to bring your instrument and join them to jam at the tail end of the show.

Poster session

Sponsored by Stockbridge-Munsee Community

Wednesday, February 21, 5:00 – 6:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Geneva

Learn from and talk with poster presenters, mingle over a cash bar, and network with exhibiting organizations, agencies, and companies.


Sponsored by Wisconsin Coastal Management Program

Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 – 9:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Geneva

Following years of conference banquet tradition, we invite you to join with your colleagues and friends for our banquet. This is a ticketed event that is open to the public. Bring a friend!

More information about the banquet and presentation, including how to purchase tickets

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