Conservation Lobby Day 2017

It’s back! On Conservation Lobby Day, conservation voters like you gather from every corner of the state to share their natural resource values  — and expectations — with their legislators in the Capitol.

Wisconsin is facing unprecedented threats to its drinking water and public lands. Now is the time to take a stand to defend the Wisconsin we love and protect ours and our children’s health. We need you to join your fellow conservationists on Wednesday, March 29th. When we stand together, natural resources win!

To discuss late registration for Conservation Lobby Day please inquire with Matt Dannenberg, field director, at or 920-285-4997.

Current Details

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the program will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Monona Terrace
Exhibition Hall A
1 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703
See Map

Need a ride? Clean Water Action Council and Brown County Conservation Alliance are sponsoring a bus from northeast Wisconsin, and we’ll have one in western Wisconsin to get you to Conservation Lobby Day:

•    Learn more and sign up for the northeast region bus.
•    Learn more and sign up for the western region bus.

Our speaker list is shaping up to be the best we’ve ever featured. It will include:

•    Matt Rothschild, executive director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
•    Dave Blouin, mining committee chair, Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter
•    Guy M. Reiter, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
•    Mary Dougherty, co-founder of Farms Not Factories
•    Dee J. Hall, co-founder and managing editor of Wisconsin Center for     Investigative Journalism
•    Representatives from dozens of conservation organizations including Trout Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, Gathering Waters, and many more
•    More speakers still to be announced!

Sponsor Conservation Lobby Day

Conservation Lobby Day gives concerned citizens the opportunity to make their voices heard, which is good for both conservation and democracy in Wisconsin. But this special event doesn’t just happen on its own.

You can help us ensure that Conservation Lobby Day makes the biggest impact possible for Wisconsin’s public lands and drinking water – and keep Lobby Day free for all conservation voters who want to attend. Learn more about the various sponsorship levels here.

For more information, contact Angela West Blank, Director of Strategic Development, at or 608-208-1131. Join us and sponsor Conservation Lobby Day with a special gift today.

About Conservation Lobby Day

On March 29th, hundreds of conservationists – including you, we hope! – will meet with as many as 132 legislators at the State Capitol, demonstrating the power of our conservation community and voicing our concerns.

On Conservation Lobby Day, you can expect to:

•  Get the inside scoop on the top issues facing our drinking water and public land.
•  Participate in a scheduled meeting with your state Senator and Representative’s offices.
•  Network, strategize, and make new friends with hundreds of other conservation-minded citizens from across the state.
•  Attend trainings presented by professionals.

Take a look at our priority issues for 2017:

•  Learn more about manure in Wisconsin’s drinking water.
•  Learn more about lead in Wisconsin’s drinking water.
•  Learn more about threats to our state parks.
•  Learn more about the threat to our County Conservationists.

Read up on how to have a great citizen lobby meeting. Member of an organization? Learn about ways your organization can be a part of Conservation Lobby Day 2017!


Lobby DaySince the first Conservation Lobby Day in 2005, the event has grown from 100 citizens to more than 600! In that time, it has earned a reputation as the preeminent advocacy event of Wisconsin’s conservation community. Time and again, Conservation Lobby Day proves that when citizens come together to make their conservation values known, legislators listen, and conservation victories soon follow!

Past Conservation Lobby Days have been followed by critical policy victories, like passage of the Strong Great Lakes Compact, reauthorization of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, and an increase in the tipping fees to deter out-of-state waste.

Past participants have said of Conservation Lobby Day:

“It’s the best-organized, most-effective lobbying event for promoting conservation issues. It’s always a joy to participate.”

“Lobby Day is how things get accomplished. It is the biggest show of force on conservation issues.”

“When well-prepared citizens lobby, it works wonders.”

“I met my representative for the first time and was impressed. Over 600 people – yeah!”

“The greatest thing about Lobby Day is the extremely great turnout and participation.”

“Conservation Lobby Day was thrilling. Seriously. I am so impressed with WLCV’s organization AND organizational abilities.”

We look forward to another powerful, effective, and fun Conservation Lobby Day in 2017. See you on March 29th!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Conservation Crusader
Thomas and Carol Ehrsam
Paul and Wendy Greeney
Maggie Jones and David Linton

Drinking Water Defender
David and Naomi Cobb
Tom and Kim Thoresen
Don and Mary Stirling
Wisconsin Land+Water

Parks Protector
Duane and Aleta Barmore
Carol De Groot
Terrence Gerlach
Mary Korkor
Rolland and Mandy Lee
Keith Nelson and Karen McKim
Paulette and Ron Smith
River Alliance of Wisconsin
The Wildlife Society – Wisconsin Chapter
Brown County Conservation Alliance
Clean Water Action Council

This page is updated regularly with information on Conservation Lobby Day 2017.