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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.




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“Benefits of AMWS Membership” - Free Nature Walks continued:



June 19, 2016 (Sun.), 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m                                            Flash Mob Notice!

Swampwalk on Danvers Rail Trail

Miriam Cooper Peach Orchard Trailhead (241 Locust Street)

Danvers, Mass. 


AMWS member and Program Chair John Dick (Hancock Associates) occasionally offers free informal walks of special environmental sites. You are invited to join him and several members of the Danvers and Wenham Conservation Commissions for a swampwalk on the Danvers rail trail. Anyone who's interested in beaver ponds is encouraged to attend.  If you’d like to make a morning of it, join John for a pre-walk breakfast at Chuck’s (68 Maple Street) at 8 a.m.! 


No cost. No CEU hours. For directions and to RSVP, please contact:




July 13, 2016 (Weds.), 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.         

Fern Identification

Wildcat Reservation

Boxford, Mass. 


Join wetland scientist John Dick (Hancock Associates) for a free woods ramble in search of some of the 22 species of ferns that have been found at Wildcat Reservation. As you know, ferns can be considered a marker that separates wetlands from uplands. Below is a list of ferns you may see, as well as a trail map. (If you’re late, note that the group will move clockwise.) John will use Peterson Field Guide to Ferns (Second Edition: Northeastern and Central North America, by Cobb, Lowe and Farnsworth, 2005). Be prepared to go off-trail with appropriate tick protection!


There’s free parking at the Town Hall (7A Spofford Road, Boxford). Everyone will meet in the parking lot and then walk to nearby Wildcat Reservation. If you’d like to make a morning of it, join John for a pre-walk breakfast at Wayne’s Community Store (7 Elm St., Boxford) at 8 a.m.! 


No cost. No CEU hours. For directions and to RSVP, please contact:             


Fern Species List-Wildcat Reservation


Trail Map-Wildcat Reservation



Additional Free Member Nature Walks for August & September to be posted.



September 14, 2016 (Weds.)

How to be an Effective Expert Witness (and Present Yourself Expertly in Other Public Presentations)

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Boylston, Mass.


Information and registration forthcoming.




November 18, 2016 (Fri.)

Annual Meeting

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Boylston, Mass.


Information and registration forthcoming.



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.


Save the Date:

5 AUGUST 2016 (Friday)

for a half-day event focused on


in West Whately and Amherst, MA

This event will feature a tour of the composting operation at Bear Path Farm, led by owner Bill Obear.  

Presentation will be made on-site and at UMass Amherst.  Confirmed speakers:  

The event will conclude with lunch and the SWCS Southern New England Chapter's Annual Meeting, which is open to all.

For more information, please go to or contact Christine Odiaga at (774) 207-7526 or



2016 Programs at New England Wild Flower Society

Framingham, Mass.


Coming up!

Plants and Pints
Celebrate the summer solstice in the Garden while enjoying craft beer, great music, local food, and a ceremonial lighting of the Ball of Fire. You won't want to miss this special summer night on the longest day of the year! Somerville's Aeronaut Brewing Company will provide seasonal craft beers. See


Shady Edibles | June 22nd

Basic Wetland ID and Delineation | June 24th

NE Plant Diversity | June 26th

Conserving and Gardening for Monarchs | June 26th

Family Hike: Fish Weir to Frog Pond | June 25th

Introduction to Plant Families | July 6th

Wetland Shrubs | July 7th



We offer a wide variety of classes and field trips to fit a multitude of interests.  Take a look at our list of over 100 courses to educate anyone from the avid home gardener, to the green industry professional.  The New England Wild Flower Society also offers great family-friendly programs that engage children in fun activities while they learn about nature.



July 17-23, 2016

Wetland Identification, Delineation, and Ecology

Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben, Maine

web site:




July 18 & Sept. 9, 2016

2 SWS-NE Field Trips (Open to All!)


No 1:  July 18th 

Please join the New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientist on a field trip to Northern Vermont to visit floodplain forest communities and efforts by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to restore floodplain forests.  Lead by Christian O. Marks, floodplain ecologist with TNC, we will visit two locations (Maidstone and Lemmington, VT) and spend the day studying floodplain forest patches, point bars and oxbow wetlands and then visit floodplain forest restoration areas, reviewing plantings as well as comparing natural regeneration in old hay fields and old corn fields.


We will convene in Canaan VT and travel to the two different sites.  Spend the day in northern VT with fellow wetland scientists and then spend the weekend in beautiful country!  The field trip starts at 10:30 to allow for travel time and ends at 4 pm.   Students are especially encouraged with a low registration fee of $5.00.  Members are $10.00 if paid by July 16, and $15.00 afterward.  Non-members are $15 if paid by July 16, and $20 thereafter.


No 2:   September 9th 

Save the date!!  The Northeast Chapter of the SWS is sponsoring a field trip to several excellent sites that are closely located with one another in the Brandon, Sudbury, and Leicester areas of Vermont.  The field visits will highlight wetland areas that been restored for several years and doing well; sites that have been restored for several years and need invasive plant control (possibly with some restoration planned for this summer); and sites that are new and hopeful for future funding and in need of full planning from the beginning stages of the process.    The field trip will be led by Mr. James Eikenberry, Wetlands Specialist, from the USDA NRCS in Vermont.

We may also be able to coordinate with active wetlands restoration construction on one or two of the sites.  We are hoping to coordinate the tour with a USFWS wetlands restoration design, permitting, and installation expert.  More information will be provided over the summer. 



·        Visit a TNC floodplain preserve (Young Farm in Maidstone, VT). Things to see include not just good examples of remaining floodplain forest patches, point bars and oxbow wetlands, but also some small restoration experiments (to compare different restoration techniques) and some stream buffer plantings. These sites also have some of TNC’s floodplain forest research transects where we can talk about ecological relationships between species distributions and flooding, sediment deposition, floodplain forest succession, ecological role of American elm, etc. This is also a good place to discuss stream buffers and more particularly when they work and when they fail and why. We can also talk about our experience on factors associated with different rates of tree planting success.


·        Visit the new Johnson Farm WMA in Lemmington, VT where we can see floodplain forest restoration plantings as well as compare natural regeneration in old hay fields and old corn fields. The plantings include field trials of American elm crosses that are part of a collaboration between TNC and the USDA FS to develop new cultivars of American elm that will have greater disease tolerance as well as other desirable traits. Johnson Farm is a good place to talk about natural regeneration in floodplain forest tree species.


TNC’s website provides some background and can be viewed here:


To register:






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