Photos from past in-person BWSR Academy trainings


October 24-26, 2023
Cragun's Conference Center

BWSR Academy is a training event for conservation-based local government staff.


This year's Academy has a daily capacity limit of 420 registrants. Additionally, each session has a capacity limit. When a session limit is reached, that session will be closed.  Because Academy sessions are designed to be interactive and the intended value of sessions can only be appreciated through attendance, sessions are not recorded.

Academy Meet & Greet and Logistics

Please be sure to join us the first morning of Academy in the Lakeside Dining Room:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Refreshments and a Meet-and-Greet for Academy Attendees
  • 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 am – Welcome and Logistics


BWSR Academy Cancellation Policy

To receive a refund for your Academy registration fee, Academy registration cancellation requests must be received via email to Carla Swanson-Cullen by 4:30 PM on October 4.

Academy registration refunds will not be given after the cancellation deadline.

Academy Registration

  • Registration:  $75/day 
  • Registration will close at 4:30 PM on October 2 for Academy sessions that have not reached session capacity limits.
  • Registration checks are to be made payable to BWSR and mailed to:

2023 BWSR Academy
MN Board of Water & Soil Resources
520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

Please add a notation to your payment check indicating that it is for BWSR Academy.

Registration payment must be received by BWSR by Wednesday, October 11. Payments CANNOT be accepted on-site.

Based on your interests and goals, please register for the sessions you will attend during the Academy. The Session Descriptions link below provides details to help in your decision.

If you have questions regarding your BWSR Academy registration, please contact Carla Swanson-Cullen (507-344-2826).


Lodging Reservations

Registrants are responsible for making (or canceling, if necessary) their lodging reservation directly with Cragun’s. Preferred lodging will be held until
October 6.


If you have questions regarding BWSR Academy, please contact BWSR Training Coordinator Barbara Radke at


Barbara Radke
Training Coordinator