Bring lake science to your home through the virtual Michigan Inland Lakes Convention September 14-16

Lake researchers, water professionals, local leaders, residents, and vacationers alike are invited to workshops and presentations focused on lake stewardship.

Small body of water with lily pads in foreground and surrounded by forest in the background.
One of many photos submitted to the 2020 Convention Photo Contest. To learn more about this year’s photo contest visit Photo credit: Lisa Borre.

Every two years, the Michigan Inland Lakes Convention brings together passionate lakeshore owners, lake scientists, policy makers, and conservationists to spark new ideas and inspire stewardship of inland lakes. This year’s theme is “Protecting Lakes Today for Tomorrow,” and it will take place virtually September 14-16, on Zoom. The three-day event will include more than 45 engaging presentations and workshops on current lake research, lake conservation, stewardship opportunities, policy and regulations, and much more.

The Convention is a unique occasion for professionals and lakefront homeowners to learn from prominent lake management and conservation professionals. More importantly, it is an opportunity to learn best practices for the protection and preservation of Michigan’s inland lakes. Based on the success of previous Inland Lake Conventions, organizers expect well over 300 attendees will tune in.

Convention workshops and presentations are designed to engage, educate, and empower. Participants can choose from a variety of concurrent sessions focused on specific issues such as fish management, landscaping near shorelines, lake protection and governance, algal blooms, native freshwater mussels, communications, policy, invasive species, and lake restoration. Presentations will cover a diverse range of topics, including the value of woody habitat for fish, the importance of lake sturgeon, and the economic benefits of Michigan's inland lakes.

In addition to presentations, attendees will also have an opportunity to attend interactive workshops. Those wishing to brush up on their communications skills should consider attending the “Water Words That Work” workshop organized by Eric Eckl, communications expert and founder of Water Words That Work. Back by popular demand is an aquatic plant identification workshop hosted by Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. New this year is a workshop focused solely on the economic value of inland lakes hosted by the Michigan Waterfront Alliance. Wednesday and Thursday will also include keynote speakers who are regionally recognized for their contribution to the field of lake science and conservation.

Convention photo and art contests

Show off your talent for getting the perfect photo and your creativity by participating in the Convention photo or creative arts contests. Both contests are open to amateurs and professionals, with winners receiving a cash prize. Participants are encouraged to submit works related to the event theme, “Protecting Lakes Today for Tomorrow.” The creative arts contest is open to any format of art, such as essays and creative writing, paintings, sculptures, and even videos. Submissions for both contests are due August 15, and winners will be highlighted during the event. Visit the Michigan Inland Lakes Convention photography and art contests website for additional details.

Register today!

Join the conversation and learn how to best protect, enjoy, and manage Michigan’s inland lakes. Registration, agenda details, and contest information are available on the Michigan Inland Lakes Convention website. The registration fee is $60 and is all-inclusive for three days. The cost for students is $15. The deadline to register is September 11.

The Michigan Inland Lakes Convention is a program of the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, a collaboration of diverse organizations with a common mission to advance stewardship of Michigan's inland lakes. The Convention is sponsored by a variety of public and private organizations. Platinum sponsors include the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, CD3 General Benefit Corporation, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan, Michigan Waterfront Alliance, and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

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