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Wednesday, February 20th, at 6:30 pm

Join us for an evening of good food, great company, and interesting conversations about wetlands and nature at our annual conference banquet. Open to people attending the conference and anyone else who is interested, this memorable evening will offer something for everyone.


Wisconsin Wetlands Association is pleased to welcome Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander as our banquet speaker this year. Dr. Newby-Alexander is a Professor of History, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and the Director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies at Norfolk State University in Virginia. As the U.S. marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first black slaves in this country, Newby-Alexander will share the stories of the Dismal Swamp, a wetland that once spanned one million acres in what is now Virginia and North Carolina. She’ll also share the stories of the people who passed through and lived there, exploring how this wetland provided critical refuge along the journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

You won’t want to miss hearing from her. More information on this and other key conference presentations.


The banquet is open both to conference participants and the general public. Tickets for the banquet and presentation are $45 per person.

Advanced registration for the banquet is now closed, but a limited number of banquet tickets may be available at the door. We recommend you arrive early (before 6 pm). Day-of tickets will only be sold until 6:30pm or until sold out, whichever comes first.


Madison Marriott West
1313 John Q Hammons Drive
Middleton, WI 53562

Directions to the Madison Marriott West.

Entrée selections

We will offer two banquet entrées this year:

  • Roasted free-range chicken breast with herb jus, whipped potatoes, and a seasonal vegetable
  • Butternut squash ravioli with arugula, caramelized onions, walnuts, and brown butter with sage

All banquet meals include:

  • Baby lettuce salad
  • Coffee, decaf, hot herbal tea, and iced tea
  • Lemon curd cheesecake

If you would like to attend the banquet and have food allergies or other dietary needs, please contact Fiorella Barrett-Neira at (608) 432-4624 so that we can make arrangements to accommodate these needs.