Thursday, 7:00-11:00 pm
This informal gathering of lake 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 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.
There will also be Wisconsin Lakes Board Members, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource Professionals, UW-Extension Lakes Specialists and other lake educators and enthusiasts.
This reception is covered by your Friday registration fee and will include appetizers. Beverages will be available at the conveniently located bar in the Amber Grill.
Friday, 6:45-7:45 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.
Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Friday, 6:00 pm
There are many citizens and professionals across the state who are dedicated to protecting and restoring our water resources. The Wisconsin Lakes Stewardship Awards are a way to recognize some of these extraordinary 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.
Please join us in celebrating the 2014 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award winners and new nominees at our banquet and awards ceremony on Friday evening.
Citizen: Carol LeBreck (video
Group, Single Lake: Tainter/Menomin Improvement Association (video
Group, Multiple Lakes: Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association (video
Public Service: Center for Watershed Science and Education, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Extension (video
Youth: Girl Scout Troop#2789 (Lisa Conley accepting - shown here with Carroll Schaal and Eric Olson)
Lakes Partnership After Hours
Friday, 8:00-11:00 pm
This informal gathering is another opportunity to make new friends and reminisce with old ones. Some folks will be crafting jewelry and other trinkets from aquatic invasive species, some will be sharing favorite lake stories, poems, quotes, and songs (or making them up on the fly). If you have an instrument, bring it along! The only requirement is that you relax and enjoy yourself!
Education Tables and Exhibitor Booths
Thursday through Saturday
Business and education tables will line the halls of the Holiday Inn Convention Center throughout the convention. Take some time during the refreshment breaks, designated networking times, and poster session to chat with these folks. Find out more here