Our chapter’s 5-year Strategic Plan calls for state-level events to be held annually in the fall in addition to our chapter’s Annual Meeting in the spring. The state events are smaller subregional events organized by the SER MWGL Chapter that are designed to be a smaller additional meeting/gathering of chapter members outside of the annual meeting. Our goal is to hold the state-level event within each state two years after the annual meeting is held in that state. However, we are open to hosting additional state-level events to encourage networking and education among our members. To submit an idea for a state-level event, email us.

Fall 2018 State Event in Indiana
The Natural Areas Association (NAA) will hold its annual conference October 23-25 in Bloomington, Indiana and the Midwest Great Lakes Chapter of SER (the Society for Ecological Restoration) will be there. Come join us.

On Tuesday October 23, the opening day of the conference, the MWGL chapter will host an informal lunch for chapter members, and prospective members. The lunch will be from 12 noon to 1:30 in the Tudor Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. You need not be registered for the NAA conference to attend the lunch. Hosted by Mary Damm, SER MWGL Board member from Indiana, will host the lunch. This will be an opportunity to meet other SER members and to learn more about the chapter’s mission and activities. For more information about the NAA event contact: mwgl.ser@gmail.com To learn more about SER and the chapter, visit our website at: https://chapter.ser.org/midwestgreatlakes/

Fall 2015 State Event in Ohio

Save the Date for our 2015 Fall Membership Event! Dayton Area Restoration Field Trip and Evening Social. Thursday, October 1, 2015, in Dayton, OH. The SER MWGL chapter and Five Rivers Metroparks are teaming up to create a one-day event designed for those interested in ecological restoration. Join us for visits to multiple ecological restoration sites in and around Dayton and an evening social. Stay for the Five Rivers Metroparks’ Midwest Outdoor Experience on Friday and Saturday. For cost and details, see registration information.


Fall 2014 State Event in Michigan

The first state event on October 24, 2014, was coordinated with the annual meeting for the Michigan Consortium of Botanists (MiCOB). The evening before the MiCOB meeting, MWGL SER sponsored a workshop entitled, “Careers and Professional Development in Restoration: A Student Workshop” at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan. MWGL SER members led a discussion about the restoration process (how to go from concept to completion) and career advancement within different sectors (how to go from student to boss). The workshop received positive feedback from the 34 attendees and several new members joined as a result of this interaction.

The Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Re mi-2014stateevent-3
mi-2014stateevent-2 mi-2014stateevent-1

This section contains a listing of previous accomplishments and activities of the Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter.

Chapter Activities and Accomplishments Presented at 2009 SERI Meeting in Australia   Former Organizing Committee members Young Choi, Rocky Smiley, and Jennifer Lyndall presented a poster presentation at the 2009 SERI meeting in Australia that provides others with guidance for establishing SER Regional Chapters based on experiences learned as part of establishing the MWGL SER Chapter. Click here to download a PDF of the poster presentation (Adobe Acrobat required)

Chapter Board of Directors Provides Comments on the US EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative   The Chapter Board of Directors worked together in August 2009 to provide the US EPA with comments on their Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Click here to download a PDF of the comments submitted to the US EPA  (Adobe Acrobat required).

Chicago Wilderness Exhibit and First Business Meeting   We had an exhibit at the November 2008 meeting of the Chicago Wilderness Congress and then the next day we held our first business meeting via a webinar.  More details regarding these events from 2008 are summarized in the second issue of the Chapter newsletter and click here to download a pdf of the webinar.