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2021 Great Lakes Conference

October 6 – 7, Milwaukee, Wisc.


The Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition will be hosting a Great Lakes Conference October 6-7, 2021, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

We hope you can join us!

The decision to have a conference was made with care. We consulted with our staff, Governance Board, local host committee, and Coalition members, weighing the pros and cons and safety considerations. Ultimately, we decided it was safe to hold a conference as vaccinations increase and cases go down, along with state restrictions on travel and meetings being lifted. Our members also stated an increased comfort level with gathering as these changes take place.

The conference will be similar but slightly different from previous years. It will still occur over 2 days, but we’ll be having fewer breakout sessions and more plenaries on key topics and more time for informal conversations and networking. And we’ll still have the popular field trips. However, we will be limiting the number of attendees and will host sessions in larger rooms or even outside, if possible.

After such a long period of limited interactions, we want this to be a space for building connections and sharing ideas. As the conference planning moves forward, we will share registration information and updates on the agenda. Any questions can be sent to Celia Haven at HavenC@nwf.org



You are required to make your own hotel reservations for the conference. We have reserved a guest block of rooms at The Pfister Hotel from Tuesday, October 5, through Thursday, October 7, 2021.

Please reserve as soon as possible by calling The Pfister Hotel at 414.390.3864 (local direct) or Reservations at 800.558.8222.  Reservations can also be made online.

–     When calling for reservations, please indicate that you are with the Great Lakes Conference.

–     Our guest block will be held until September 17, 2021.  Any reservations made after this date are subject to availability.

–     The hotel guarantees the rate of $182 per night for either a single or double occupancy room.