The Lake & Watershed Stewards Program is offered on Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12 and is designed for lay lake leaders such as conservation commission members, lake and watershed group leaders and members, lakeside residents, as well as volunteer monitors and program coordinators.

The Lake and Watershed Stewards Program offers presentations and workshops geared for lay lake leaders. Monday’s program will include a full slate of half-day workshops held at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center. On Tuesday, lake leaders will be able to attend any of the sessions being offered as part of the NALMS Symposium, many of which will be geared toward the needs and interests of lay lake leaders.

The Lake and Watershed Program will give attendees the opportunity to learn from lake managers and other experts from across the country and to discuss real world projects with scientists, policy makers, lake managers, and fellow citizens.

Registration Options

Two-day Registration – $150

  • Two half-day workshops on Monday
  • Choice of technical sessions on Tuesday, including special Lake and Watershed Steward sessions or any other sessions offered on Tuesday.
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks on Monday and Tuesday

Monday-only Registration – $85

  • Two half-day workshops on Monday
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks on Monday


Workshop Options

Monday Morning

Aquatic Plant Identification for the Layperson

Introduction to Phytoplankton Ecology and Taxonomy

Local to Global Partnerships for Research and Monitoring

Telling Your Lake Story With Maps: Photo-Based Story Maps

Monday Afternoon

Aquatic Plant Identification

Building Effective Watershed Based Plans – A Hands-On Workshop Using MassDEP’s Watershed Based Planning Tool

Lake Management Best Practices: Overview of Common Problems and Effective Management Strategies and Technologies

Understanding Harmful Algal Blooms