Description

Michigan’s landscape includes a remarkable array of Wetland Natural Communities. These natural communities are critical lands necessary for conserving the diversity of native plants and animals that represent the natural heritage of Michigan. These rare wetlands are afforded additional protections under State Law and are studied, managed, and stewarded by land conservancies, wetland consultants, engineering firms, state and federal agencies, colleges, and universities, and interested individuals. The Michigan Wetlands Association (MWA), together with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), is pleased to be conducting a multi-year series of workshops that will provide a unique opportunity to explore, identify, and understand Michigan’s rare wetland natural communities.

Immerse yourself in hands-on learning as experienced guides provide in-depth field instruction, teaching you the basic identification and overall importance of these habitats and gain valuable insights into distinguishing wetland natural communities in the field. With carefully selected field sites as our classroom, this training promises a dynamic and enriching experience for participants of all levels, fostering a deeper connection to Michigan’s diverse natural landscapes.

Workshop Prerequisite Webinar

Upcoming 2024 Workshops

Exploring Michigan’s Rare Wetlands: Prairie Fen, Southern Wet Meadow, & Mesic Sand Prairie – SOLD OUT

Dates: June 11th, 2024
Location: Fort Custer Training Center, Augusta, Michigan
Time(s): 8:30am to 4:00pm
Instructors: Michael Penskar, Keto Gyekis, Todd Losee, Michael Pennington, Kate Kirkpatrick, Tyler Smith
Cost: $100 (MWA members), $125 (non-members)

Exploring Michigan’s Rare Wetlands: Coastal Fen, Great Lakes Marsh & Wooded Dune Swale Complex

Dates: July 25, 2024
Location: Cheboygan State Park, Cheboygan, Michigan
Time(s): 8:30am to 4:00pm
Instructors: Michael Penskar, Keto Gyekis, Todd Losee, Michael Pennington, Kate Kirkpatrick, Tyler Smith
Cost: $100 (MWA members), $125 (non-members)
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5 Year Plan

  1. Fort Custer and Cheboygan (2024)
  2. Waterloo (Chelsea) and Tahquamenon (2025)
  3. Allegan and Northern Straits (St. Ignace) (2026)
  4. Clinton County (salt marsh) and Alpena (2027)
  5. Sebewaing/Caseville (Lakeplain) and Big Bay (2028)