Thanks to all who attended our 64th annual conference at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake! Please plan to join us March 14-16, 2018 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva.
Each March, WI Land+Water holds an annual conference to provide valuable networking opportunities, forums to discuss programs, practices, and new ideas with colleagues, a chance to build technical knowledge, and space to be reinspired by the passion for conservation across the state. The conference provides dozens of valuable, up-to-date professional improvement breakout sessions and training for county staff and supervisors, agency partners, and any conservation professionals across the state. The content of these sessions varies depending on statewide input and current issues, and typically range for agricultural management, wildlife habitat restoration, and urban stormwater practices. The sessions provide Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for technical staff to maintain current licenses and knowledge of best practices in the field.
Our annual business meeting is held the last morning of the conference. This meeting includes updates from the WI Land+Water Board of Directors, a forum for discussion, and voting on resolutions or other issues.
Other events occurring at the conference include the following:
- Keynote speakers
- Statewide Youth Conservation Poster & Speaking Contests, with winning speeches presented during the opening luncheon
- Awards banquet with presentations of the WI Land+Water Conservation Award winners
- Area Association meetings
- Social Hour
- Silent Auction to benefit Youth Education programs
- Raffle to benefit LCC & LCD training scholarships
Be a Sponsor!
WI Land+Water will be offering sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 conference to help support its high-quality training efforts and networking opportunities. Sponsor benefits include promotional opportunities, registration discounts, and options for distributing materials. If you are interested in sponsoring the 2018 conference, contact Jim VandenBrook at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Warkentin at email@example.com. 2018 sponsorship opportunities
Raffle & Silent Auction
Have a great item to donate? Download the annual bid sheets, sample thank-you letter, and Why Donate info sheet to get started. Proceeds from the silent auction benefits youth education programs such as the Conservation Awareness Poster and Speaking Contest, Wisconsin Envirothon and two youth conservation camps, Sand Lake Conservation Camp and the Wisconsin Land+Water Youth Conservation Camp.
Raffle tickets will be available starting at the December County Conservationist meeting! Sales continue until the drawing at the close of the conference, Friday, March 16, 2018. Tickets are bundled in packets of 40... 10 packs of 4 tickets. Tickets are $3.00 each or 4 for $10.00. If you are still in need of raffle tickets, contact Patty Benedict and she will try to arrange for someone attending the meeting to get the tickets to you. NOTE: Raffle regulations prohibit mailing raffle tickets, stubs, or money. All raffle proceeds benefit the WI Land+Water Scholarship Program. You need not be present at the conference to win.
Exhibit at the conference!
This is a great opportunity to talk to and educate over 300 key natural resources professionals and enthusiasts about your products and services! For more information or to register for a table download the exhibitor form. 2017 Exhibitor Form
Like most events, this conference could not happen without the support of the numerous staff and volunteers to help run a smooth event. Many volunteer positions are available including session moderators, A/V set up, raffle ticket sellers, and general set up. Contact Kim Warkentin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to volunteer.