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March 14th-16th 2019
Crystal Lake Holiday Inn & Conference Center, Crystal Lake Illinois

  Crystal Lake Holiday Inn & Conference Center

Crystal Lake is located 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and is a community of charm and personality. Proud to be the county's only full service hotel, the Holiday Inn Crystal Lake is situated on lush acreage overlooking the quaint Lake Acorn. The hotel's 11,200-square-foot ballroom is perfect for meetings, tradeshows and social events and is complimented by four breakout and two board rooms.

Up to February 13th conference attendees will be provided a special rate of $92 per night at the Holiday Inn (815-477-7000), 800 South Route 31, Crystal Lake, Illinois. Be sure to notify the hotel with the code ILM when making a reservation!


Online Conference registration is now open!

There will be two methods of registration: online, and mail-in form.

Online registration uses Paypal, which accepts major Credit Cards.

Mail-in form will need a form of payment included, (Check or money order).

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  Call For Presenters

The Illinois Lake Management Association is hosting its 34th Annual Conference at the Holiday Inn Crystal Lake Conference Center in Crystal Lake, Illinois from March 14 through March 16, 2019. We are looking to fill out our conference sessions with talks and presentations from professionals, teachers, students, or others with detailed knowledge on issues associated with research and management on lakes, waterways, watersheds, and fisheries. Download PDF

In addition to presentations, an optional special poster session will be held one evening.


Online Exhibitor Registration is now available!

Exhibitor registration will includes exhibit space (8x8 foot wide booth) with skirted table, electricity, meals, breaks, Exhibitor Reception, all program materials, and a Corporate ILMA Membership good for one year. 

Promotional Opportunities Conference Exhibitors have an option to make a contribution to help underwrite the cost of the social gatherings.  All Sponsors will receive special recognition in the Conference Program, as well as throughout the Conference.

Program Advertising Exhibitors will have the option to promote their business through advertisement within the Conference Program distributed to all attendees.

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  Additional Information

Photo Contest: Don’t forget to capture a great photo this summer! At each conference you can cast your vote for the ILMA photograph of the year. Photos will be on display near the raffle items. The winner will receive $50 and will be featured on the next conference program.

Name Tags: Attendees need to wear their nametag during the conference. Nametags are both a ‘ticket’ for conference meals and events, and helpful for sparking conversations with faces you don’t know.

Raffle Items: An auction raffle will be held one evening during the conference. It only takes one ticket to win, but your odds only get better with more tickets! All proceeds go towards the ILMA scholarship.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Gerould Wilhelm, Conservation Research Institute

The Ecology and Culture of Water

Dr. Gerould WilhelmDr. Wilhelm’s career has included 22 years as a researcher at the Morton Arboretum and 22 years as the owner of the Conservation Design Forum. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Conservation Research Institute (CRI). The CRI is a private, 501(c)(3) organization established in 1997 and is dedicated to the promotion of planning, design, installation restoration, and long-term management of sustainable ecological systems and natural environments through applied research, education, and outreach. Dr. Wilhelm is a renowned botanist and is the ‘Wilhelm’ in the duo of Swink & Wilhelm (a reference for any amateur or professional botanists working in the Chicagoland area). Come hear his talk on the influence of water within our landscape, how it has the power to physically shape our environment as the perception of our living spaces. There will be a book signing as well. Download promotional flyer

Conference Workshop

Calling Frog Survey Workshop — The Calling Frog Survey was started by Chicago Wilderness in 2000. This citizen science program has been based at the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum since 2014. With over 100 monitoring routes, the Calling Frog Survey spans 7 counties in northeastern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana. Volunteer frog monitors help record species presence and breeding call intensity to help track species distribution trends, population trends, and response of frogs and toads to habitat restoration. Surveys take place at night, primarily in publicly-managed natural areas. The workshop is for both beginning & experienced monitors. We’ll introduce attendees to the 13 regional frog and toad species and their natural history, highlighting visual and acoustic identification. We will discuss our monitoring protocol, data collection, how to set up a survey route, and share some insights from our 2018 field season.

Friday March 15, 2019, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Holiday Inn Crystal Lake Conference Center, Crystal Lake, IL | Sign up

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  • 1986 DeKalb
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