EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)— The 4th Annual Celebrate the Chippewa River Conference is November 3 at UW-Eau Claire.
The 4th Annual Celebrate the Chippewa River Conference is just around the corner - or should we say - just around the bend. The planning committee has been hard at work to make this conference the best yet! The Davies Center at UWEC has been selected as the location for this year’s conference, situated along the beautiful Chippewa River.
While the conference is ideal for anyone in the field of conservation and natural resources, sessions have also been included to appeal to the general public. There are several beginning or “101” sessions on ground water, fish of the Chippewa River, local history, and more. Those who are interested in learning more about the vital resources of the Chippewa River and its connected bodies of water will find not only a wealth of information but a supportive network of peers, experts, and volunteers to engage with during the conference.
Max Finkelstein, author, biologist, explorer, conservationist, and competitive paddler will be the special keynote speaker after dinner. A native of Ottawa, Canada, Max will be sharing his experiences in paddling and conservation in a presentation titled “Travelling Rivers to Places I Never Dreamed.” Having travelled more than 15,000 miles by canoe and winning a National Award for Lifetime Achievement in River Conservation, Max will surely have many stories to share.
This conference is made possible by funding from the Wisconsin DNR, Xcel Energy, The Community Foundation of Chippewa County as well as the sponsorship, time and expertise of members of the UW Extension, UW Eau Claire, Sierra Club, the Progressive Students and Alumni, the Lower Chippewa River Alliance, the Lake Wissota Improvement and Protection Association and many others.
Registration to attend just the day conference is $15 for the general public and $10 for Friends of Beaver Creek Reserve. To attend the conference as well as the dinner and keynote speaker is $35 for the general public and $30 for Friends of Beaver Creek Reserve. A limited amount of student tickets are available for only $10.