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North Central Chapter

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The North Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists is made up of over 350 active members who are committed to promoting sound science, conservation and management of wetlands. We strive to provide access to the latest developments in wetland science, particularly by supporting student education and research.

The North Central Chapter was founded in 1983, just three years after the Society of Wetland Scientists was founded. Since that time Chapter membership has grown, and today stands at just over 400 members. The chapter has sponsored many regional meetings and field trips over the years.

Recently chapter members have worked to have several wetlands designated as Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance. These include Horicon Marsh, the Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park and the Upper Mississippi River Floodplain Wetlands. Only 37 sites in the United States carry this designation; it shows the high value of wetlands in our region!

We represent 10 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Check out our most recent newsletter here!

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2019 Student Travel Award

NCC is awarding four travel grants for students attending the 2019 SWS Meeting in Baltimore.  Click HERE for more information.  Deadline to apply is TUESDAY APRIL 30, 2019. 

2019 NCC Board Nominations

Currently accepting nominations for President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, two At-Large Board Members, and a Student Representative.  The deadline to submit is Friday March 1st, 2019.  A description of each position can be found HERE.  


2019 NCC Student Research Grants 

The North Central Chapter of SWS is offering two $1000 Student Research Grants to graduate or undergraduate students conducting research in wetland science and who are enrolled in an accredited college or university in the NCC region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin).

Application Information: Please see the SWS Student Research Grants webpage for application instructions.


SWS is pleased to provide a monthly webinar series on wetland science topics of interest. Webinar registration is complimentary to all SWS members. Check out the Upcoming Webinars page to learn more! In addition, all webinars are recorded and archived for complimentary viewing by members on our Past Webinars page.

North Central Chapter