2023 Conference Details

Learn more about our conference speakers, events, breakout sessions, registration, and hotel reservations below.

Curt Meine

Conservation has always evolved to address emerging social and environmental realities. Aldo Leopold recognized this when he described the land ethic as “a product of social evolution,” occurring “in the minds of a thinking community.” Conservationist and Environmental Historian Curt Meine, author of the biography Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work and Senior Fellow with The Aldo Leopold Foundation, will explore new needs and directions that are shaping land ethics for the next generation as our Wednesday luncheon keynote.

Alonzo Kelly

Alonzo Kelly has gained international and global attention. He is recognized as one the nation’s leading experts on leadership development, strategic thinking, planning, and acting which results in individual and organizational goal achievement. Kelly will take attendees on a learning journey aimed at increasing knowledge and ability to utilize critical thinking skills to make authentic connections at our Thursday luncheon and afternoon breakout session.

We're excited to see you in person at our 70th Annual Conference in Wisconsin Dells!

Our annual conference provides valuable networking opportunities, forums to discuss current work and new ideas with colleagues, a chance to build technical knowledge, and space to be re-inspired by the passion for conservation across the state.

The annual business meeting is held on the last morning of the conference. This meeting includes updates from our Board of Directors and a forum for discussion.

Other events occurring at the conference include the following:

CONFERENCE FEES: Full conference $295 / Wednesday only $120 / Thursday only $155 / Friday only $110 / Guest/spouse registration $110

Extra fees apply to registrations after February 3, 2023 and for onsite registration. On or after February 17, you must register on-site and pay a fee for on-site registration. Registrations are transferrable at any time. Cancellations received on or before February 17, 2023 will be refunded minus a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations or no-shows at conference on or February 19, 2023 will be liable for the entire conference fee. Due to pre-paid costs, there are ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS to the fee/cancellation schedule.

CHULA VISTA RESORT, WISCONSIN DELLS – Phone #(866) 302-1093. Group Name: WI Land+Water (or leader number H08512).

JUNIOR SUITE/KING/GOLF VILLA: SINGLE RATE $90/DOUBLE – QUAD $109. Resort fee waived. See more details about Chula Vista and their rooms.

  • Junior suite: 2 queens, pull out sofa sleeper, microwave, mini fridge, coffee pot
  • King bed: 1 King bed, pull out sofa sleeper, microwave, mini fridge, coffee pot
  • Golf Villa (vacation villa) (double queen studio): 2 queens, pull out sofa sleeper, kitchenette, coffee pot

ROOM BLOCK HELD UNTIL FEBRUARY 10, 2023. Plan to reserve your room sooner than later to ensure availability. Please provide proper documentation at check-in to secure your state rate. If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.


Join the Professional Improvement Committee (PIC)!

The PIC's main responsibility is to assist in the planning and execution of our annual conference. Visit the PIC's webpage and learn more about why it's important the committee has representation from staff and supervisors around the state.

Become a Conference Sponsor

Exhibiting at our Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity to directly showcase your products, services, and research to over 400 resource professionals in a social atmosphere! Exhibition tables are displayed in a high traffic area, located outside the breakout rooms and where our social hour takes place.

Sponsor benefits include promotional opportunities, registration discounts, and options for distributing materials. View our Conference Sponsorship Packet for more details.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2023 conference, contact Matt Krueger.

Silent Auction

The silent auction is always a fun part of our conference! Proceeds benefit youth education programs such as the Conservation Awareness Poster & Speaking Contest, Wisconsin Envirothon, and two youth conservation camps. To learn more, view our Silent Auction materials for 2023. We are using 32 Auctions.com for the auction this year. Please upload your item and submission here and please bring your item to the conference. https://forms.gle/Jzxd4VX1FMr... Questions contact megan.steckelberg@co.adams.wi.us


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 Chris Schlutt if you would like to volunteer.

Future Conference Dates

March 6-8, 2024 | KI Center, Green Bay

March 5-7, 2025 | KI Center, Green Bay