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Ohio Watershed Leaders 2023 Conference

Thursday, September 7, 2023, 9:00 AM until Friday, September 8, 2023, 1:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
SunWatch Indian Village/Arcaeological Park
2301 West River Road, Dayton, OH 45417
Dayton, OH  

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Sarah Hippensteel Hall
(937) 223-1271 (p)
Registration is not available online - contact the event coordinator
Payment In Full In Advance Only


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Sunwatch Indian Village and Archeological Center

Dayton, Ohio

September 7 & 8

Sponsored by:


Conference Description

Join us for the Ohio Watershed Leaders 2023 Conference, a premier event that brings together professionals and enthusiasts in the field of watershed management. With a focus on education, networking, and the advancement of the profession, this conference is an opportunity you don't want to miss.

Connect with like-minded professionals, build lasting relationships, and foster partnerships that can drive positive change in the field. Whether you're a seasoned expert or a fresh face in the industry, the conference offers both field trips and speakers, and ample opportunities to exchange ideas, share experiences, and expand your professional network with other watershed professionals.

Location – Dayton, Ohio

This year’s conference location is the Sunwatch Indian Village and Archeological CenterDayton. SunWatch combines experimental archaeological research, including reconstructed Fort Ancient structures in their original 13th century locations, with an interpretive center that exhibits many of the artifacts recovered from the site. 

Registration Deadlines and Cost

  • $65 WMAO Members - $75 Non-WMAO Members - $40 Americorps rate

  • All meals and optional camping included in registration (Thursday Lunch, Dinner; Friday Breakfast, Lunch)

  • Registration closes on September 1

Overnight Accommodations

CAMPING - Have you dreamed of sleeping next to a restored 13th century village? Now is your chance! We will have the privilege of pitching tents in a field next to reconstructed Fort Ancient structures, adjacent to the forested Great Miami River corridor. The camping is primitive, and we are renting a port-o-let for the night. 

HOTELS - Nearby hotels include the Holiday Inn Express and the Courtyard Marriot for those who prefer an indoor overnight experience. 


Day 1: Explore, Experience, and Engage 

Start your conference experience with an action-packed day filled with adventure and learning. Our field trips offer a unique opportunity to witness the beauty and importance of the Great Miami River up close. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of our region as you embark on your choice of kayaking or tour bus excursion, allowing you to discover the treasures of our rivers while connecting with fellow professionals.

But it's not all about the fun and thrill. As dedicated watershed professionals, we believe in the importance of river restoration. Throughout the day, you'll have the chance to see up close several restoration projects. Learn from experienced practitioners, gain valuable insights, and acquire practical skills.

Day 2: Knowledge Exchange and Expert Insights 

Prepare to be inspired and informed as we gather for a day of thought-provoking presentations and engaging discussions. Our expert speakers, leaders in their respective fields, will share their invaluable knowledge, cutting-edge research, and best practices in watershed management. From innovative approaches to policy updates, the topics covered will address the most pressing challenges and opportunities in our industry.

Join us!

By attending the Ohio Watershed Leaders Annual Conference, you'll not only enhance your skills and knowledge but also contribute to the larger mission of promoting the profession of watershed management. As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to advancing education and scientific research in this vital field. Your participation directly supports these efforts and helps us make a meaningful impact on Ohio's water resources.

Don't miss this chance to be part of a dynamic community of professionals working towards a common goal. Register now for the Ohio Watershed Leaders 2023 Annual Conference and embark on a journey of learning, inspiration, and advocacy. Together, let's shape a sustainable future for our watersheds.



  • $65 WMAO Members

  • $75 Non-WMAO Members

  • $40 Americorps rate

  • $20 Kayak rental


Please sponsor this year's Ohio Watershed Leaders 2023 Conference, a premier event that brings together professionals and enthusiasts in the field of watershed management. This event will focus on education, networking and the advancement of the profession and is not possible without the generous contributions of our partners and sponsors.

Sponsors will be recognized in promotion and during the event and are available at the following levels: $250 (includes one participant registration), $500 (includes 2 registrations) and $1000 (includes 4 registrations). Select your preferred level and complete the registration process to become a sponsor. Contact Sarah Saylor at for help completing additional registrations.

*Pay by credit card online or select "pay later" and mail your check made payable to:

Water Management Assoc. of Ohio
8584 E Washington St #206
Chagrin Falls, OH  44023



  • Campers need to bring all gear – Port-O-Let provided

  • Paddlers need to wear proper gear – lifejackets mandatory

  • If renting a boat – a paddle, life jacket, and boat will be provided

  • All participants be prepared to participate in macroinvertebrate sampling