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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.



2015 workshops will be posted shortly, and include so far:

* How to be an Expert Witness

* Inland and Coastal Bioengineering

* Reading & Understanding Stormwater Calculations (1/2 day)

* Understanding & Completing Massachusetts and Federal Wetland Data Forms (1/2 day)






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 seven (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.



The American Conservation Film Festival at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on March 6 -8, 2015 features "The Power of One Voice – A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson", among other conservation topics.


See:   For a trailer of the film and more details:  For directions: 









Registration is now open for our Spring/Summer 2015 programs. For 2015 , we are introducing programs on home gardening, horticulture, design, botany, conservation, and sustainable living--from managing healthy soils to vernal pool ecology. Our field trips will take you to places like Great Blue Hill to learn about caterpillars, to Abbey Pond in Green Mountain National Forest to see undiscovered wetlands, and to Rhode Island to learn about sustainable landscapes. For more info:





March 19, 2015

CAWS Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference

Southbury, Conn.


The Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists (CAWS) will hold its 2015 Annual Meeting and environmental conference on March 19 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury, Conn. The full-day event will feature more than five hours of training on a variety of topics impacting Connecticut’s wetlands and natural resources.


See for the lineup of speakers and topics. Use the downloadable form there to pay by check; or, to register online with your credit card, go to . Cost is $65 for members and $85 for non-members. 



May 31 - June 5, 2015

Society of Wetland Scientists International Annual Meeting

"Changing Climate, Changing Wetlands: Climate Impacts to Wetlands and the Role of Wetlands in Climate Change Adaptation and Carbon Mitigation"

Providence, Rhode Island


The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) is pleased to announce that the 2015 International Annual Meeting will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. This ground-breaking conference will examine the role that wetlands play in the global carbon cycle, how wetlands provide climate adaptation services, and how they are being impacted by our changing climate.


Wetlands provide a variety of ecosystem services that protect communities from the impacts of climate change, and yet they are particularly vulnerable to some of the climate changes that are occurring. Over the course of five days, leading researchers from around the world will present findings that represent our most current understanding of how wetlands function in the context of climate change. A number of field trips, both coastal and inland, will be offered in addition to a variety of workshops.


Abstract submissions are now being accepted through Feb. 18, 2015. For more information and to register, visit the SWS meeting website:


If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this exciting meeting, please contact Brittany Marsala Olson (







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


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