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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 Walk:



May 13, 2016 (Fri.), 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Spring Ephemerals

Wildcat Reservation

Boxford, Mass.


Join wetland scientist John Dick (Hancock Associates) for a free woods ramble to find spring ephemerals. Besides being a seasonal treat of Nature, ephemeral flowers can be considered a marker that separates wetlands from uplands. There’s free parking at the Town Hall (7A Spofford Road, Boxford). You'll meet in the parking lot and then walk to the nearby Wildcat Reservation. Make a morning of it, and  join John for a pre-walk breakfast at Wayne’s Boxford Community Store (7 Elm St., Boxford) at 8 a.m.! For directions and to RSVP, please contact:             




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.


Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Giveaway


Saturday, April 30th 10am-4pm

Garden in the Woods

180 Hemenway Road 

Framingham, MA 01701


Come to this fun-filled, family-friendly day to celebrate native trees. There will be children’s activities and games, interactive art projects, guided tours, tree-climbing demonstrations, an arborist truck on display, workshops on planting and pruning trees, and a native plant sale. We will give away 500 trees, including one for every visitor who joins us for the celebration. Trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free with Garden admission:


$12 Adults (18-64)

$9 Seniors (65+)

$6 Youths (3-17)

Children under 3 admitted free

Active servicemen and women and their spouses admitted free with valid military ID

Veterans receive 50 percent discount with proof of service 

Members at the Individual with Garden Access level and higher levels admitted free




2016 Programs at New England Wild Flower Society

Framingham, Mass.


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.







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


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