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Additional Networking Opportunities 
(Agenda subject to change)

Your annual Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention will offer several hands-on workshop opportunities for which you can pre-register. In addition to these workshops, there will also be Special Technical Sessions, Concurrent Sessions, a NEW Lightning Round, the high-energy Poster Session, and the Awards Banquet and Ceremony celebrating lake stewards and stream monitors, as well as keynote and lunch speakers. Don't forget to check out the hands-on workshops and concurrent sessions!

Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention Welcome Reception - Woodland Room

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. 

Rare Kernza Beer On Tap for Convention Reception

If a conservationist could wind back the clock a few millennia to the period when humans were first choosing plants to breed for cultivation, she might have suggested that we consider adding some perennials to the mix. This way, farmers would not have to plow up fields and replant every year. This constant tilling of the land generates tremendous runoff and gradually erodes soil, the critical base of our food system. Humans are now largely wed to annual crops like corn, rice, and wheat. Researchers at a number of universities, however, are looking at ways to rapidly develop perennial grains that can be harvested numerous times on a single planting. Wes Jackson and the Land Institute in Kansas have developed a new grain called Kernza by selectively breeding perennial intermediate wheatgrass. Though only a few thousand acres have been planted into Kernza, farmers and researchers are developing markets for the grain that include cereals, breads, and, of course, beer. 56 Brewing, a Minneapolis microbrewery, was one of a select set of businesses given access to Kernza grains for developing recipes. Wisconsin Lakes was able to secure one of the last barrels of their 2019 Kernza Harvest, a dunkelweissen-style amber lager that is barely sweetened by honey from Minnesota’s Bare Honey. We’ll be sampling Kernza Harvest and reconnecting at the Wednesday night reception at the Lakes and Rivers Convention, which is included in your Thursday registration. Come join us and taste a sustainable future!

Stretch and Grow - Wisconsin Room (morning)/Northwoods Expo Room (afternoon)

Sunrise Yoga

Thursday, 6:45-7:30 am and Friday, 6:45-7:30 am (Wisconsin Room)

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. 

Stretch/Chair Yoga
Thursday, 3:30-3:45 pm (Northwoods Expo Room)

Grab an afternoon snack and head on down to the Northwoods Expo Room to enjoy a brain break and time to stretch after all of the great sessions so far. This short stretch/chair yoga session with Quita Sheehan will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated! Just bring yourself.

Lightning Presentations and Poster Presentations - Convention Center Commons Area and rooms Expo 1 and Expo 2

Thursday, 3:30-4:30 pm (Lightning Presentations - Expo 1 Room and Expo 2 Room)

Want to get a good overview of the major results or impacts of several projects in a short amount of time? This is what you've been waiting for - Lightning presentations!

Thursday, 3:30-5:00 pm (Poster Presentations - Commons)

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 and Volunteer Stream Monitoring Banquet and Awards Ceremony - Northwoods Expo Room

Thursday, 5:30-8:00 pm

Please join us in celebrating the 2020 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship and Volunteer Stream Monitoring Award winners at our banquet and awards ceremony on Thursday evening. Pre-banquet socializing/networking time starts at 5:30 pm. Banquet and dinner begins at 6:00 pm.

Lake Stewardship
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. 

Volunteer Stream Monitoring
The University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recognize a small selection of individuals and organizations every year for their efforts leading to increased participation in stream monitoring, collecting stream data and sharing their knowledge and data.

Citizen Lake Monitoring Network (CLMN) Volunteers
We will also be recognizing all of the volunteers who help collect data on our waters across the state. There will be awards given to those who have been volunteering their time for 30 years - wow!

Networking After Hours - Woodland Room (hallway)

Thursday, 8:00-11:00 pm

Share your voice with songs, poems, and stories. If you have an acoustic instrument, bring it with you! Bring along your knitting or use the provided crayons and colored pencils to color your favorite water critter (it's very relaxing)! Anyone is welcome to just hang out and listen.

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