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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 8/16/17)



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).




UPCOMING 2017 AMWS EVENTS                                          



August 20th (Sunday), 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.+

FREE Wet Meadow Nature Walk

Danvers, Mass. 




AMWS member John Dick (Retired, Hancock Associates) will host a free nature walk at Choate Farm Open Space. This old sheep field is dominated by Joe Pye weed and several species of goldenrods. There should be lots of butterflies and pollinators among the mile hike up the rail trail to SwampWalk--a boardwalk spanning an active beaver meadow. Rain or shine. Emphasis will be on vegetation, bugs and turtles!


Meet at the peach orchard parking lot, 401 Locust Street (sign is dark green and in the shade). Make a morning of it and join John for breakfast at Chuck's, 68 Maple Street in Danversbeforehand! Email to RSVP.


September 17th (Sunday), 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.+

FREE Fern Identification Nature Walk

Wildcat Reservation

Boxford, Mass.


Ferns can be considered a marker that separates wetlands from uplands. Join wetland scientist John Dick (Retired, Hancock Associates) for a free woods ramble in search of some of the 22 species that have been found at Wildcat Reservation. 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 the nearby Wildcat Reservation. (If you’re late, note that the group will move clockwise.) To make a morning of it, join John for a pre-walk breakfast at Wayne’s Boxford Community Store (7 Elm St., Boxford) at 8 a.m.! To RSVP, please contact:              




AMWS/SWS-New England Workshop

U.S. Field Indicators Version 4 Soils Workshop



AMWS Workshop

Fri., November 3rd

How to be an Expert Witness

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Boylston, Mass.



Massachusetts Wetlands--Where the Wild Things Are!

Boxborough Regency (formerly Boxborough Holiday Inn)

Boxborough, Mass.



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.





Friday, September 15, 2017
8:30am - 3:30pm

New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists
Herpetology Basics with an Emphasis on the Reptiles of Southern New Hampshire

Odd Fellows Hall (1198 Short Falls Road, Epsom, N.H.) & Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown, N.H.

This workshop, presented by Jim Andrews, Vermont herpetologist and wildlife biologist, will provide an overview of the biology and distribution of state listed reptiles and amphibians, and the development and maintenance practices that can avoid and minimize impacts to them. The afternoon session is in Bear Brook State Park, where participants will examine various habitat types, actively search for herps, as well as capture and identify them.

Continuing Education : 6 contact hours
This workshop is limited to 15 attendees. Registration closes September 5, 2017.

See: 2017 NHANR Herpetology Basics Workshop Flyer


August 26th (Sat.)


Wachusett Mountain State Reservation

Princeton and Westminster, Mass.


All day (6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.+) free public programs led by experts on various taxa in little known parts of the reservation. (You don't need to attend every one!) Meet at the Program Room adjacent to the Superintendent's House at 227 Mountain Road, Princeton.


See: bioblitz flyer 2017


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








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