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​Wisconsin Lakes Partnership

2008 Convention Archive

Morning Workshops

 Thursday, April 17
9:30 am - 12:30pm

A.   Name That Plant!  Aquatic Plant ID

Wednesday, 9:00am-12:00pm

Learning more about the aquatic plants in your lake is not only fun, it’s beneficial!  Knowledge of lake flora can help with a variety of undertakings, from developing an Aquatic Plant Management (APM) plan to applying for a grant, and give you the self-satisfaction of a positive identification.  Join us for this interactive session and gain advice and training from experts while working with samples of Wisconsin’s common aquatic plants.
Limit: 25
Fee: $30 (includes materials such as the field guide Through the Looking Glass)
Presenter:  Susan Knight, UW-Madison Center for Limnology & Ali Mikulyuk, WDNR

Common Aquatic Plants - presentation
Rosette Species - presentation

B.   Leave No Child Inside: Engaging Youth in Lake Issues

Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm

If you’re interested in educating students about our water-filled world, you won’t want to miss the interactive project ideas, helpful guidelines, and expertise offered in this workshop!  Hear from four presenters what programs and activities have been successful for them and what Wisconsin DPI Standards for Environmental Education apply for each project.  A roundtable discussion will offer participants the chance to collaborate and discuss how these projects complement the statewide environmental education goals.  All participants will receive a packet of resources focused on providing students with active, hands-on learning activities.
Session Facilitator: Carol LeBreck, Wisconsin Association of Lakes Board
Pat Andress (Lower Long Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District (LLLPRD)LLLPRD’s experiences with youth in Chippewa County has included the following:
  • Water quality monitoring with YMCA campers
  • Pontoon classrooms with Bloomer high school conservation students
  • Shoreland restoration projects with Bloomer high school conservation students
  • Building fish cribs by Bloomer high school conservation students
  • Anticipated Project for 2008 Bloomer high school conservation students: building artificial loon nesting platforms
  • Service-Learning agreement with UW-EC college students: monitoring at boat landing (CBCW)
Mary Knipper (Delavan Lake Association) and Audrey Greene (Walworth County Lakes Specialist):  For the past five years, members of the Delavan Lake Association, Walworth County LWCD Staff and area high school staff have collaborated to provide a Pontoon Classroom Day for students at the local high school. Presenters will share information about their experiences and guidelines for successfully providing such a program.
Pontoon Classroom
 - presentation (Mary Knipper and Audrey Greene)

Wendy Lutzke (Wisconsin Maritime Museum):  Using materials they adapted from Project ESCAPE, museum educators created a successful AIS program at the School Forest, which sits along the beach of Lake Michigan.   The program is easily adaptable to any groups of young people—Scouts, 4-H kids, kids going through boating safety courses, environmental clubs, local libraries, etc.   A second project partnering with the City of Manitowoc, using funding from a River Planning Grant, provided students with opportunities to learn about storm sewer management and AIS. 
Brock Woods (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources):  Engaging students in the growing and sowing of purple loosestrife beetles, as well as projects to promote student involvement in the identification and reduction/control of a number of “lesser-known” invasive plants that are making their way into our wetlands, lake edges, and riparian areas and having a negative impact on native habitats.

Leave No Child Inside - article by Richard Louv published in Orion Magazine, March/April 2007


C.   Putting State Dollars to Work for Your Lake

Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm

The DNR Bureau of Community Financial Assistance awards millions of dollars annually to local governments and organizations for a wide array of environmental projects.  Projects to improve lake protection & classification, develop lake plans, and control aquatic invasive species are the main areas of interest to most lake organizations.  Participants will learn the details of these programs, what projects are and are not eligible, who can sponsor grants, how and when to apply, and how to get help with grant applications.  Attendees will also gain tips for a successful application, and delve into the financial management of a project once it’s funded.
Presenters: Jane Malischke and Thomas Nowakowski, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


D.   Lemons to Lemonade: All the Things You CAN Do on Your Lakefront Property

Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm

We often hear about what we can't do on lake properties – come to this workshop and learn what can be done!  ‘Turning Lemons Into Lemonade’ focuses on the many positive steps that owners can take to care for and improve their lake properties.  There will be an emphasis on applied science, functionality, environmental awareness, and human habitats.  With the tools you gain at this workshop, you will be able to go home and immediately make a difference in how you treat your surroundings!
Presenter: Tom Girolomo, EcoBuilding and Forestry

E.   Oh, Behave!  Barriers to Behavioral Change On Lake Ripley

Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm

Do you ever wonder why we behave the way we do?  The study of human behavior is sometimes referred to as Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM).  Motivations behind behaviors such as restoring native vegetation versus planting Kentucky blue grass to the water’s edge are not clearly understood.  This workshop will cover the theoretical principles behind CBSM how to design a CBSM-based program, and the practical lessons learned while carrying out such a program on Lake Ripley.  Through the discussions, participants will learn more about how to prepare their plan and implement their own projects.  In order to benefit most from the workshop, participants should have a basic familiarity with CBSM concepts.
Presenter:s  Rick Chenoweth, UW-Madison, Bret Shaw, UW-Extension/UW-Madison, Paul Dearlove, Lake Ripley Management District and Paul Heiberger, UW-Madison Graduate Student

Rain Garden CBSM program for Lake Ripley - UW Graduate Student report

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