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The wail call of the loon, with its mournful and calming howl, often signals social interactions between individuals. Loons use it to reconnect, to find each other in the fog or on a moonless night. Like the loon’s wail, we send out this annual call to water lovers everywhere to reconnect with us in Stevens Point at the annual Lakes Partnership Convention and Water Action Volunteers Symposium. We call you to connect with each other too: with fellow organization leaders, volunteer monitors, resource managers, researchers, service providers and educators. We call you to learn, to share, and to socialize. We especially call those who have never come to our event in the past. We welcome you to join our unique gathering. Together, we will create the great cacophony, the informed discussion about protecting and restoring lake health that cannot be ignored. Join us, heed the call!

This convention will again join with the Water Action Volunteers (WAV) Symposium to bring citizens and professionals together to work on not only lake matters, but expand those efforts into the watershed. As our waters do not stop at the borders of Wisconsin, neither do our partnerships. The 2018 Lakes Convention will also overlap with the annual meeting of the Society for Ecological Restoration Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter (April 20-22). Click here for details.


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Agenda At-a-glance (Agenda subject to change)

Wednesday, April 18 

​8:00 am​Registration Desk Opens
​9:00 am - 4:30 pm
All Day Workshops (click here for details)
​9:00 am - 12:00 pmMorning Workshops (click here for details)
​12:00 pm - 6:00 pm​Exhibits Open
​12:00 - 1:30 pm​Lunch on your own or pre-register to purchase lunch on-site
​1:30 - 4:30 pmAfternoon Workshops (click here for details)
​3:00 - 3:30 pm
Refreshment Break and 15-minute afternoon stretch/chair yoga
​4:45 - 5:45 pm
Special Technical Sessions (click here for details)
​5:45 - 7:30 pmNetworking Time - dinner on your own
7:30 - 11:00 pmWisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention Welcome Reception (click here for details)

Thursday, April 19  ​ ​

​6:30 - 7:15 am​Sunrise Yoga (click here for details)
​7:30 am​Registration Desk Opens
​8:00 am - 6:00 pm​Exhibits Open
8:00 - 8:50 amConcurrent Sessions 1 (click here for details)
​9:00 - 10:45 amWelcome & Kickoff Digital Production and Keynote Loon Watch Panel (click here for details)
​11:00 am - 12:00 pmConcurrent Sessions 2 (click here for details)
​12:15 - 1:30 pm​Lunch 
​1:45 - 2:25 pmConcurrent Sessions 3 (click here for details)
​2:35 - 3:15 pmConcurrent Sessions 4 (click here for details)
​3:15 - 3:45 pm​Refreshment Break and 15-minute afternoon stretch/chair yoga
​3:30 - 4:30 pm
County-wide Roundtable (click here for details)
​3:30 - 5:00 pm ​Poster Presentations & Visit the Exhibitors & Educational Displays (click here for details)
​5:00 - 6:00 pm​Networking Time/Water Action Volunteers Overview and Refresher (click here for details) 
​6:00 - 8:00pmWisconsin Lake Stewardship Banquet & Awards Ceremony (click here for details)
​8:00 - 11:00pm​Lakes Partnership After Hours (details coming soon)

Friday, April 20 

​6:30 - 7:15 am
​Sunrise Yoga (click here for details)
​7:30 amRegistration Desk Opens
​8:00 am - 12:00 pmExhibits Open
​8:00 - 9:00 amConcurrent Sessions 5 (click here for details)
​9:15 - 10:15 amConcurrent Sessions 6 (click here for details)
​10:15 - 10:45 am​Refreshment Break
​10:45 - 11:35 amConcurrent Sessions 7 (click here for details)
​11:45 am - 1:15 pm
WAV Awards (click here for details), Lunch and Keynote Speaker Stephen Carpenter (click here for details)
​1:30 - 2:30 pmConcurrent Sessions 8 (click here for details)
​2:30 - 3:00 pm
​Refreshment Break
3:00 - 4:00 pm​Concurrent Sessions 9 (click here for details)
​5:30 - 7:30 pm
Poster Session for Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) (click here for details)

The Lakes Convention is being held in conjunction with the Society for Ecological Restoration Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter Annual Meeting (. SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter is inviting Lakes Partnership Convention attendees to register for the balance of their meeting (Saturday and Sunday) at their member rates without having to become an SER member. This special rate only applies for people who have registered for at least the Friday portion of the Lakes Partnership Convention. Click here for details.

Saturday, April 21 - Workshops and Presentations

Sunday, April 22 - Field Trips and Hands-on Restoration Projects

Agenda subject to change.

Go to the 2017 Lakes Convention Archive.
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