WANTED: Individuals to lead dynamic, engaging and fun field trips and presentations at the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition’s 13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo, New York, October 17-19, 2017.

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is issuing a request for field trips and presentations for the conference. Please share widely with your networks! Deadline for submissions: May 26, 2017.

For more information please read the request for proposals before downloading and filling out the field trip application and/or presentation application. Please return all applications and direct all questions to Celia Haven, Field Manager, at havenc@nwf.org.

The Coalition’s annual 3-day Great Lakes Restoration Conference attracts more than 350 people from across the region to discuss cutting edge Great Lakes issues. The Coalition is looking for engaging and compelling proposals for both field trips and presentations at this year’s conference.

Field Trips: Western New York & Eastern Lake Erie

The Coalition is seeking fun, educational, inspiring and creative proposals for field trips in western New York to highlight restoration success stories, community projects, environmental challenges, and cultural landmarks.

Presentations on Great Lakes Restoration Issue Areas

The Coalition is seeking innovative, creative, engaging and compelling proposals for presentations in the below categories. Preferred applications in all categories will include diverse voices, particularly from underserved communities, communities of color, environmental justice groups, business groups, agricultural producers, anglers/hunters, and Tribes/First Nations. Expanded issue area descriptions are included in the full Request for Proposals.

A) National/Regional/State/Local Great Lakes Policy Issues

Examine cutting edge policy issues that impact people and the lakes. Presentation topics might include water policy, environmental justice, urban restoration, climate change, invasive species and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

B) Innovative Great Lakes Restoration Success Stories

Share unique and successful restoration projects that showcase innovation and creativity. This category can also include projects that delve in to the economic benefit of restoration projects.

C) Addressing Environmental Injustices

Discuss environmental justice challenges and successes in your community. Topics may include public health, urban and rural environmental justice issues, drinking water accessibility and affordability, and climate change, among others.

D) Grassroots Action that makes a Difference

Share innovative and compelling stories and strategies used to help win local, state, regional or national Great Lakes victories.

E) Emerging Issues in the Great Lakes

Explore cutting edge research on existing or emerging threats to the Great Lakes—and what solutions are needed.

F) Skills, Training, and Organizational Development

Provide important skills needed for advancing Great Lakes restoration and protection. Workshops in this category should provide technical assistance or capacity building to attendees.

Deadline for submissions: May 26, 2017

Send submissions, questions to Celia Haven at havenc@nwf.org