“For learning about wetlands, the WWA conference has always been more exciting to me than local, regional, national, or even international meetings. The attendance, content, and focus of these conferences for promoting a deeper understanding about the complexities, opportunities, and diversity of wetland issues is invaluable.”

2023 Conference Attendee

The annual Wetland Science Conference 

Join other scientists and professionals of the wetland and water community of Wisconsin and the upper Midwest to:

  • Share your wetland research, restoration, management, or outreach program;
  • Learn new identification and assessment approaches and techniques;
  • Hear about approaches to incorporating wetlands into watershed & community planning;
  • Discuss the latest in wetland science, planning, and protection issues;
  • Look ahead to the future of wetland science and practices in Wisconsin and the Midwest.

This 3-day conference, which draws upwards of 350 attendees annually, includes a keynote address, organized symposia, topical oral sessions, a poster session, working groups, a banquet, and field trips to area wetlands, all of which provide great networking and learning opportunities.

2024 Wetland Science Conference

The 2024 Wetland Science Conference will be held February 20-22, 2024 in Green Bay, WI.

Great Wetlands Make Great Waters

Welcome to the 2024 Wetland Science Conference in beautiful Green Bay, Wisconsin. The region is well known for its wetland and water resources—in fact, it is often referred to as the largest freshwater estuary in the United States, receiving input from rivers including the Fox, Peshtigo, and Oconto.

Over the last century or more, many wetlands along Green Bay and throughout the region and beyond have been lost and degraded by drainage, conversion for agriculture, and urban development. The many natural benefits provided by these wetlands—including habitat, clean water, water storage and management, and more—have also been lost, contributing to some of the water quality and quantity challenges facing the region today.

As we gather under the theme “Great Wetlands Make Great Waters,” we will learn about many initiatives working to protect, restore, and manage wetlands to improve the health of our rivers, Green Bay, and Lake Michigan—and the health of our communities. Great waters aren’t only important for our natural resources; they also form the basis for the commercial and recreational economies that drive this region.

As we learn and network, we hope the spirit of this gathering will re-energize us for our important work, reminding us yet again of its importance for the health of our waters and communities. Together, let us pave the way for a future where great wetlands make great waters.

Who should attend

We invite wetland experts, students, and enthusiasts from the Midwest and beyond to join us. Our audience typically includes:

  • Scientists from colleges and universities
  • Federal and state agency scientists
  • Local government staff and officials
  • Federal and state agency regulators
  • Tribal staff
  • Natural resource managers (public and private)
  • Private consultants
  • Land trust staff and volunteers
  • Graduate and undergraduate students in the natural sciences
  • Staff of local, statewide, and regional non-profit conservation groups
  • Volunteer leaders of non-profit conservation groups
  • Wetland enthusiasts and concerned citizens
  • Members of the media

Who is Wisconsin Wetlands Association? 

This conference is hosted by Wisconsin Wetlands Association, a statewide non-profit dedicated to the protection, restoration, and enjoyment of wetlands and associated ecosystems through science-based programs, education, and advocacy. We envision a state where wetlands are healthy and plentiful and support ecological and societal needs, and where citizens care for, appreciate, and interact with these natural resources.

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2024 Advisory Panel

Tom Bernthal, retired WDNR
Dan Collins, Landscapes of Place
Aaron Feggestad, Heartland Ecological Services
Sally Jarosz, WDNR
Tod Highsmith, WWA Board
Kelly Kearns, retired WDNR
Tony Kuchma, Oneida Nation
Lauren Leckwee, WCMP
Sarah Majerus, Stantec
Jeff Mears, Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council
Travis Olson, UW Extension
Dan Salas, Cardno
Travis Schroeder, WDNR
Susan Schumacher, We Energies
Paul Skawinski, UW Extension Lakes Program
Pat Trochlell, retired WDNR
Emily Tyner, UW Green Bay
Nicole Van Helden, The Nature Conservancy
Dreux Watermolen, WDNR
Bobbie Webster, UW Green Bay
Amy Wolf, UW-Green Bay

“This is a regional conference that has the quality of a national conference. It is a great opportunity
to interact with wetland professionals.”

2020 Conference Attendee

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“Besides the presentations and content of the conference, I loved the community. Everyone was encouraging and positive. I really felt part of a larger group of wetland enthusiasts.”

2021 Conference Attendee

“High caliber scientific research, high caliber interweaving of science, public, and legislative aspects related to wetlands. It’s not just a ‘think tank.’ WWA promotes and encourages new ideas and new participants.

2020 Conference Attendee

“This conference feels like a family reunion all tied together by a special bond—our love and dedication to wetlands. It inspires me and fills me with hope and energy.”

2019 Conference Attendee

“Many great wetland conservation plans have hatched in the WWA Science Conference incubator!”

2019 Conference Attendee