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Additional Networking Opportunities 
(Agenda subject to change)

Your 40th annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention and Water Action Volunteers Symposium will offer several networking opportunities. There will also be Hands-on Workshops, Special Technical Sessions, Concurrent Sessions, Poster Sessions, and the Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Awards Banquet, as well as keynote and lunch speakers. Don't forget to check out the hands-on workshops and concurrent sessions!

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention and Water Action Volunteers Symposium Welcome Reception

Wednesday, 7:00-11:00 pm

This informal gathering of water lovers is a great way for newcomers to "get their feet wet" and for seasoned convention attendees to reconnect. There will be a handful of Wisconsin Lake Leaders Institute graduates - and trust us, you'll want to know what they've been up to! Never heard of Lake Leaders? Well, here's your opportunity to meet some of the lake citizens and professionals who have earned the title of Wisconsin Lake Leader, and find out what this leadership opportunity sparked them to accomplish and how they continue to be committed to Wisconsin's amazing lakes. 

Wisconsin Lakes Board Members, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource Professionals, UW-Extension Lakes Specialists, and other lake, river and stream educators and enthusiasts will also be attending. 

This reception is covered by your Thursday registration fee and will include appetizers (cash bar).

Sunrise Yoga 

Thursday, 6:30 - 7:15 am and Friday, 6:30-7:15 am

Quita Sheehan from Phelps, Wisconsin will lead participants through basic yoga poses in a mellow and relaxed environment. Participants should bring a yoga mat or bath towel with them. Wearing comfortable clothing is recommended. Free and welcome to all ages and levels of interest. 

Water Action Volunteers (WAV) Symposium 

Continuing with the tradition of the past two years, this year will also include the 2018 Water Action Volunteers Symposium as part of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point. There will be WAV-focused workshops and concurrent sessions offered throughout the event.

The annual Wisconsin Volunteer Stream Monitoring Awards will be presented on Friday, April 20 at lunchtime.

Poster Presentations 

Thursday, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Check out the latest lake, river, groundwater and watershed research and projects. This is your chance to ask questions of the researchers, educators, students and citizen scientists who are sharing their stories. Posters will be on display for the entire convention, so take your time to peruse them and come to this interactive session ready to learn and share.

​Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Please join us in celebrating the 2018 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award winners and new nominees at our banquet and awards ceremony on Thursday evening. The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership presents the annual Lake Stewardship Awards to recognize the extraordinary volunteer and professional efforts of individuals and groups who protect and improve our lakes. People are nominated for Stewardship Awards by their peers - what a meaningful way to say, "Thank you!" to the people in your community who work so hard to care for our lakes. Winners of these awards join a select group of women, men, students, and organizations whose unmatched dedication, vision, and commitment ensure that Wisconsin's legacy of lakes will be safe and secure for generations to come. 

Movie Premiere - Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes

Thursday, 8:00 - 9:15 pm

​A one-hour version of the documentary Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes was specificallyedited for a premiere showing at your Lakes Convention and WAV Symposium. See the website for more information here. For a small fee, you can view each of two parts here.

Networking After Hours 

Thursday, 8:00 - 11:00 pm

​It's time to unwind the mind! Relax and enjoy ...

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