Minnesota Wetlands Conference

Please join us for the Minnesota Wetlands Conference - Think BIG! to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton - Minneapolis North on Friday, January 13th, 2017!

Conference Schedule
Continuing Education
Wetland Professionals Association
Cancellation Policy

For the 8th year, the Minnesota Wetland Professionals Association (WPA) and Minnesota Wetland Delineator Certification Program (WDCP) are working together to Think BIG!  This conference will examine the big picture behind wetland science, grand scale projects, as well as offer a hands-on program which focuses on the technical aspects of wetland delineation  essential to any project.  This is an excellent opportunity for working professionals, researchers, students, scientists, consultants, regulators, and wetland enthusiasts to come together and share their wetland knowledge.

This year will again feature two afternoon tracks!  One technical 'hands-on' track will focus on the main components of wetland delineation - soils, vegetation, and hydrology.  The other non-technical track will focus more-so on policy and other related subjects.  Registration for the technical 'hands-on' track will be limited.  

Also this year, we will be offering SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS at the following levels:

1. Bronze Tier Donation:  $200
2. Silver Tier Donation: $500
3. Gold Tier Donation: $1000

Check out our sponsorship donation form here for more details!

"Give Now" - for online tax-deductable donation, please select Minnesota Wetlands Conference


Hands-On session Full 12/16/16

Register (CC only) for the conference here with a credit card.  You will be able to choose the 'hands-on' track to be sure you're registered for the afternoon session.  

Register (Check or PO) with a Check or Purchase Order by filling out the form attached here.

Pricing -

Registration (starting December 15th, 2016)

WPA Member: $150
Non-Member: $180
Student: $65

Conference Schedule 

7:30 - 8:00 am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

Morning Session - All - Morning Track, Lake of the Isles room

8 - 9:15 am - David Urban - Thinking Big!
9:15 - 10 am - Dan Shaw - Building on Our Legacy: The Role of Partnerships with Wetland Restoration Technical Resources
10 - 10:15 am - Break
10:15 - 11 am - Michael Verpraskas - Basics Behind Why We Use Color to Assess Hydric Soils
11 - 11:45 - Sue Galatowitsch - Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Wetland Conservation and Restoration

11:45-12:45 - Lunch

Afternoon Session - Lecture Track, Lake of the Isles Room

12:45 - 2 pm - Arnold Van der Valk - Milestones in the History of Wetland Ecology
2 - 2:45 pm - Chris Lenhart - Tradeoffs in Scaling up Wetlands for Hydrologic Benefits and Nutrient Load Reduction
2:45 - 3 pm - Break
3 - 3:45 pm - Randy Kolka - STRIPS:  Incorporating Prairies into Agriculture
3:45 - 4:30 pm - John Jaschke - MN Buffer Law

Afternoon Session - Technical 'Hands-On' Track , Minnesota, St. Croix, Mississippi Rooms

12:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Eric Mohring - Hydrology Well Monitoring
Dan Wheeler - Soils
Keegan Lund, Kylie Cattoor, Laura Van Riper - Invasive/Native Look-a-like ID (AIS & Terrestrial)

4:30 pm - Closing remarks and adjourn

Continuing Education Hours

Total credit hours:  

Lecture track, all day: 2 D + 1.2 I
Hands-On track, all day: 4.25 D + 0.6 I

Continuing education hours for WDCP certified individuals are an added bonus to attending the conference, and not the sole purpose of the conference.  Direct credit is awarded to any presentation, based on length, that reviews technical delineation practices (i.e. 'hands-on' track).  Indirect credits are awarded at a 4:1 ratio for any discussions, based on length, which focus on topics indirectly related to wetland delineation (i.e. policy, restoration, etc.).  It is our hope that people attend the conference because they enjoy the presentations, the networking, and exhibitors and not solely to accrue WDCP continuing education hours.

Wetland Professionals Association

To become a member of the Wetland Professionals Association and receive the discounted rate please visit their website mnwetlandprofessionals.org and fill out a member registration form.  You may also bring a new member form or renewal form with you to the conference and turn them in at the registration desk.


Refunds, minus a $30 fee, will be issued to participants who provide written cancellation notice by Monday, January 6th.  If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.  The University reserves the right to cancel the conference, if necessary, in which case a full refund would be made.