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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 02/17/18)



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 2018 AMWS EVENTS                                          





2/18/18 Free Eagles & Owls Nature Walk with Naturalist John Dick

6:00 a.m. - noon

Salisbury State Park and Chain Bridge

Trailhead Parking at Salisbury Beach State Reservation/Beach Road Route 1A)


John Dick says, "We will start early at Salisbury State Park, near the mouth of the Merrimack River, to look for various owls, then move along to breakfast at Connie’s Wagon Wheel (137 Elm Street/Route 110) and close the day out on an island between Newburyport and Amesbury for wintering eagles.


"Long experience has taught me to promise nothing but early darkness, followed by light and breakfast.  I have often seen snowy, great horned, screech, saw-whet, and short-eared owls on these trips, but owls are inclined to be owls.  Eagles are generally present, but we have gone without a really good sighting the last three years.


"Not trying to talk the trip down – just want folks to know that birding’s a funny thing – sometimes the birds just have someplace else to be."


For more info, contact:








Additonal workshops now being organized!




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.

(Shown in order of last received)


March 3, 2018 (Saturday)
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commission
Annual Environmental Conference


MACC is holding its Annual Environmental Conference on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Hogan Campus Center, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Join more than 700 conservation commissioners and agents; environmental officials, consultants, and attorneys; students; activists; and others at Annual Environmental Conference 2018. Connect with people from across New England working to protect wetlands and open space.  Choose up to workshop in each of the conference’s three sessions, with 23 workshops to choose from! Get updates and expert insights on laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and technologies that are important for natural resources protection.


Keynote Address--Don’t miss the keynote address by Kenneth Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, with more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies, and former MassDEP Commissioner. Mr. Kimmell will discuss challenges to federal climate and science-based programs, initiatives in regional cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emissions program for the transportation sector, climate resiliency and sea level rise, and the need for local environmental involvement.


Silent Auction—New this year!! Bid on some awesome items (from rock climbing events, ski lift tickets/passes, gift cards, MACC training, sporting event tickets and more)! The Silent Auction will be open during the day for bidding, and winners will be announced during the President's Reception at the end of the day.


Raffle Prize—This year’s lucky raffle prize winner will go home with some new wetland delineating gear!  MACC is raffling off an Eijkelkamp One-Piece Auger, Munsell Soil Color Chart, a tape measure and flagging tape.  Tickets will be on sale during the conference.    


For more information and to register visit:




March 16, 2018 (Friday)
SWCS Southern New England Chapter

Winter Conference


The SWCS Southern New England Chapter's annual Winter Conference will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts at the Publick House Historic Inn. This years focus is Forestry, and in conjunction with this conference, EnviroCert International, Inc. (ECI) will be leading review courses and a next day exam for several professional certifications including but not limited to the CPESC and CESSWI.  Registration for the ECI courses and exams are currently available at, and is a separate registration from the Winter Conference. Registration for the SWCS SNEC Winter Conference will open soon.



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