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AMWS is fully committed to the professional development of our members. As a result, we offer a variety of workshops on wetland science and regulatory updates. Non-members are welcome to attend. However, membership is encouraged through reduced workshop rates and other benefits.

AMWS workshops are recognized for their value: nowhere else will you find top working wetland scientists "giving back" to the profession at such affordable rates. As a result, AMWS members only are offered the limited number of seats during the first two weeks of posting an event.

As an added value of AMWS membership, we also offer social networking opportunities with other environmental professionals. These events generally take place in central Massachusetts, and may include appetizers and drinks, as well as a speaker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Updated 4/08/17)



Left Photo: Courtesy Brent Baeslack (Haverhill ConCom) - Instructors Dwight Dunk (CDM) and Chad Sumner (SumCo Eco-Contracting) discuss the riprap foot of the restored slope at low tide during the field portion of the 9/30/11 AMWS Riverbank Stabilization Techniques Workshop in Haverhill, Mass. Of note, the tree stump in the water is secured by cables, and was added to aid stability and provide fish habitat.

Right Photo: Courtesy of Patrick Garner (Patrick Garner Co.) - Instructor Art Allen (EcoTec) at a deep hole featured at the AMWS Advanced Soil Identification Workshop, held June 22nd & 23rd, 2010, in Grafton, Mass.




Above Photo: Courtesy of Briscoe Lang (Pare Corporation). The field portion of the AMWS workshop, Classic River Morphology, was held 9/26/14

on the West Branch of the Swift River in Belchertown. Here instructors Heidi Davis (MassDEP), Paul Beaulieu (Tighe & Bond) and Patrick Garner

(Patrick Garner Co.) explain bankfull.




Additional workshop photo, courtesy Heidi Davis (DEP).   4/17/16 Interdunal Swales walk in Ipswich, courtesy Lana Spillman (Topsfield ConCom).




2017 AMWS WORKSHOPS                                          


Continuing events now being organized.



"For Fun" FREE Nature Walks:


April 23, 2017 (Sunday)

Crane's Beach

Ipswich, Mass.

9:00 a.m.

Join wetland scientist John Dick (retired from Hancock Associates) to explore the physical geography of interdunal swales. He will focus on wind transport and deposition of sand, and upon vegetative stabilization of dunes.  He will also talk about the specialized habitats found in dune fields, particularly with regard to whip-poor-will and spadefoot toad.


The timing of the April visit probably will coincide with piping plover territory acquisition and conservation measures undertaken by the Trustees to protect the high beach habitat of that species. The opportunity will also be taken to talk about sandy soils as affected by tides and storm overwash, and microbial/algal vegetative stabilization of beaches.


Make it a morning! Join John at 8 a.m. for breakfast at Sophia's in downtown Ipswich, then head for the dunes around 8:45.  Sophia sets a fine table, and is located at 39 Market Street, Ipswich.


Please RSVP




May 21, 2017 (Sunday)

Crane's Beach

Ipswich, Mass.

9:00 a.m.

Join wetland scientist John Dick (retired from Hancock Associates) to explore coastal vernal pool ecology, with an emphasis on spadefoot toad habitat. He will focus on interdunal swale and cranberry bog habitat, with emphasis on aquatic invertebrates and the correlation between vegetative substrates and habitat utilzation.


Make it a morning! Join John at 8 a.m. for breakfast at Sophia`s in downtown Ipswich, then head for the dunes around 8:45.  Sophia sets a fine table, and is located at 39 Market Street, Ipswich.  


Crane Beach is near 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich.  Google map will send you to the Crane Estate, which is a left turn off of Argilla Road.  Just stay right on Argilla until you find the guardshack at the parking lot.  Tell them you're there for the Trustees dune workshop, and looking for the trailhead.


Please RSVP




Not an AMWS member? See JOIN section on this website!


(1) Fees are due in advance of the workshop. Should you require reimbursement by your employer, an invoice will be provided upon request.

(2) In the unlikely event that we have insufficient registrations two (2) weeks before a workshop, we reserve the right to cancel it. Your fee will be returned in full.

(3) If you must cancel seven (7) days or more before a workshop, your fee will be returned, less $25. No refunds six (6) days or less before a workshop. Note: Substitutions are fine and may be made without charge, as long as the difference between member and non-member fees is paid, and there is no one on the Wait List. Please note that your substitute will not receive a Certificate of Attendance unless AMWS is notified before the workshop so the Wait List may be checked and availability confirmed.

**We regret the cancellation charge, but your absence may affect whether the workshop is held, and will affect the instructors, who key their presentation to participants. Additionally, your absence affects catering, the number of printed materials and AMWS itself--as we have fixed expenses.

(4) Registration is only guaranteed when you are given confirmation by email. Do not assume you are registered otherwise. Workshop participants often receive box lunches or supplies that are not ordered in excess. Additionally, the instructor/participant ratio must be maintained for optimal learning.
(5) Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. A Wait List will be maintained.
(6) CEUs are usually available from the certifying authority. All participants are given a Certificate of Attendance.



NOTE: As of 1/01/11, Continuing Ed units are no longer pre-approved by the N.H. Board. You still need continuing education, but it is now call Continuing Education Hours (versus units), w/ 1 hour = 1 CEH. It is the responsibility of the candidate to decide whether or not the course is relevant to the practice of Soil or Wetland Science. For more info, see




AMWS ALSO LISTS ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOPS, COURSES AND MEETINGS OFFERED BY OTHER GROUPS that may be of interest to our members. Mention of a particular conference, course, or company does not imply endorsement by AMWS.





May 5 & 6, 2017

SWS-New England Chapter

Annual Meeting & Field Trip

Biddlefored, ME





Seminars 2017 on Wetlands and Wetlands Ecology

Eagle Hill Institute

On the coast of Maine between Acadia National Park and Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge


9 Seminars on Wetland Ecology and Wetland Botany at Eagle Hill ... Summer of 2017






Titles are hotlinked to descriptive flyers.



Most seminars should qualify for 2 credits.


Jun 4-10

Undergraduate Field Studies: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens

Fred Olday

Jun 11-17

Mosses: Structure, Ecology, and Identification

Jerry Jenkins and Susan Williams

Jun 18-24

Bogs and Fens: Maine Peatlands

Nancy Slack and Frances Anderson

Jun 25-Jul 1

Liverworts and Liverwort Ecology

Blanka Shaw

Jul 2-8

Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology 

Anton Reznicek

Jul 16-22

Survey of Grasses: Their Structure, Identification, and Ecology

Dennis Magee

Jul 23-29

Wetlands Identification and Delineation

Matthew Schweisberg and Joseph Homer

Aug 6-12

Submersed and Floating Aquatic Plants

Barre Hellquist

Aug 13-19

Tidal Marsh Restoration: A Traveling Course from Rhode Island to Maine

Susan Adamowicz and David Burdick






March 28 & 29, 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

2017 Conference of the International Erosion Control Association-Northeast Chapter

Sturbridge Host Hotel

Sturbridge, Mass.


The NE Chapter of IECA is holding their annual conference on March 28th and 29th at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, Mass.  The agenda includes presentations on Erosion Control, Site Stabilization, Stormwater Management.  It also features an all day workshop on Low Impact Sustainable Development on Tuesday as well as an all day workshop on Erosion Control on Wednesday.  In addition, there will be vendors from companies offering innovative solutions to erosion & sediment control problems as well as stormwater management.   The following link provides the agenda and online registration:





Society of Wetland Scientists-New England Chapter

2017 Student Research Grant Award Announcement

Contact Meredith Avery ( or Matt Schweisberg (







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