The Michigan Inland Lakes Convention takes place every two years, and serves lake enthusiasts, researchers, managers, and educators. The Convention is hosted by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, a collaboration of diverse organizations with a common mission to advance stewardship of Michigan's inland lakes. We invite you to join us online, September 16-18, to learn and share the latest innovations and ideas in lake stewardship, and to network with others who share your passion for lakes! This year's theme is "Conserving Lakes in a Changing Environment". The full Convention program is now available, and features three full days of workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities.
Going Virtual in 2020
The 2020 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention has been moved to a virtual format. The novel coronavirus has greatly impacted the way we work and live, and we are adapting our Convention to match the fluid environment of our lives during this pandemic. Though we realize there is huge value to the in-person networking that takes place between sessions, we must prioritize the safety and health of our participants, partners, sponsors, volunteers, and staff. The new format also has some major benefits, such as the ability to reach a much larger audience, archived presentations that will be available to the public, and significantly decreased cost.
Registration is open! Registration fees are dramatically reduced relative to a face-to-face event: $30 all-inclusive for 3 days, $15 for speakers, and FREE for students! These nominal registration fees will support technical and administrative costs and cover student participation. Speakers: A coupon code for discounted registration will be provided in your confirmation email. Registration deadline: September 11.
Lake Photography and Creative Writing Contests
Call for Contributors
We invite your business or organization to support the virtual Michigan Inland Lakes Convention. Join the organizations, agencies, and businesses that are helping advance stewardship of our inland lakes through learning, networking, and exchange of ideas. Even in a virtual format, your contribution will help support technical and administrative costs as well as to support no-cost participation for students. Review our Contributor Opportunities for a description of available options. Deadline: August 15.
Continuing Education Credits
We are currently seeking approval for Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) pesticide applicator recertification credits (Commercial Core and Category 5). If approved, a total of 9 credits will be awarded. Check back for more details.
You are welcome to direct any questions you have about the 2020 Convention to its Co-Chairs: Julia Kirkwood of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, or Jo Latimore of Michigan State University. You can also subscribe to the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership email list, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (Convention hashtag: #MILC2020).
2020 Convention Contributors
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