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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.

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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 of Heidi Davis (MassDEP).




Most of us work independently or by ourselves in the field. AMWS workshops are a chance to get collegial feedback.



Continuing 2015 WORKSHOPS

(Additional workshops & webinars may be added.)



12/04/15 (Friday)

AMWS Annual Meeting/Ethics for Wetland Professionals: Protect Yourself, Raise the Bar

Boylston, Mass.

8:45 a.m. – noon


We covered the financial aspects of conflicts of interest and misuse of the municipal employee position at our popular 2014 Ethics workshop in Weston.  We’ll reference these, but focus on common challenges that wetland scientists encounter daily in the field and with public presentations.  You’ll get the perspective of an environmental attorney, a Conservation Commission Agent, a continuing education author on ethical issues, and long-time wetland consultants. As importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to ask your own questions, either pre-submitted or from the floor.  Above all, the meeting is intended to answer questions—not point fingers—to make everyone a better wetland scientist.


The topic will be followed by a short business meeting and election of officers, plus our popular $100 cash door prizes for members!


Presenters & Panel Members: Bill Kuriger(W.E. Kuriger Associates); Adam Brodsky, Esq. (Drohan, Tocchio & Morgan); Patrick Garner (Patrick Garner Co.); Michele Grzenda (Weston Conservation Commission); Mike Seekamp (Seekamp Environmental)

Member Cost: $80   Non-member: $130   Includes Continental Breakfast   Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 11/27/15











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.


3/11/2016 (Friday)

Southern New England Chapter of the Soil & Water Conservation Society Winter Conference

Sturbridge, Mass.   


The SNEC 2016 Winter Conference will focus on Swamp Mats.  The event will include presentations, a regulatory round-up and exhibits.  The Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control review class will be offered concurrent with the main program.  For more information, go to







If you have an event to list, please contact AMWS Administrator


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