XWN organizes an annual peer-to-peer workshop, hosted by a different watershed group each year. These workshops:

  • Foster peer-to-peer sharing through facilitated sharing sessions and collaborative problem solving.
  • Center on topics recommended by the XWN participants and relevant to the host watershed.
  • Include a field portion that allows attendees to explore projects in the host watershed.

In addition to the Annual Workshop, XWN Interactive Sessions at existing conferences. These include interactive problem-solving sessions, known as case clinics and breakout discussion groups. Keep an eye out for XWN at a conference near you!

Upcoming Workshops:

2019 XWN Annual Workshop at the Clark County Wetlands Park in Las Vegas, Nevada.

May 8-9, 2019. Hosted by the Virgin River Conservation Partnership.

  • Agenda coming soon
  • Help inform the workshop by filling out the Pre-Workshop Survey

Previous Annual Workshops:

2018 Annual Workshop Co-Hosted by Save our Bosque Task Force

When/where: April 4-5th, 2018 in Socorro, New Mexico
Click here for the agenda.

Notes: Click here

2017 Annual Workshop Co-Hosted by the Gila Watershed Partnership

When/where: March 21st-22nd, 2017 in Stafford, AZ

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Day 1 – 70 Participants gathered at the main campus of Eastern Arizona College to exchange knowledge, inquiries, and ideas on the following topics:

  • Controlling undesirable and invasive species
  • Monitoring
  • Lessons and strategies for effective watershed collaboration
  • Case clinics on issues relevant to individual participants.

Day 2 – Participants received an overview of the Upper Gila Watershed of Arizona, and participated in three interactive sessions related to native plant propagation.  They then discussed partnerships between plant growers and buyers. At the afternoon session, a field trip to a GWP river restoration site, the attendees discussed shared challenges to restoration and tried four different methods of planting post-treatment vegetation.  The day concluded with a group review of the major takeaways from the workshop.

2015 Annual Workshop hosted by ARKWIPP

When/Where: October 5th-6th, 2015 in Pueblo,CO


Discussion Notes: Setting Goals for Multi-Use Sites

Discussion Notes: Designing Restoration Projects to Withstand Disturbance

Case Clinic Notes: Challenges Implementing Woody Invasives Removal on Arid Lands

Case Clinic Notes: Taking Lessons From Failure, Seeding Challenges Restoring Native Grasslands

Case Clinic Notes: Forming a New Partnership in the Arkansas Basin

Case Clinic Notes: Bringing Together Multiple Stakeholders to Establish a Shared Native Seed Source

Notes from the Field: Upper Huerfano Project Sites  

Upcoming Mini-Workshops:

Stay tuned!

Previous Mini-Workshops:

2016 Tamarisk Coalition Conference

When/Where: February 9th, 2016 in Grand Junction ,CO


List of Attendees

Notes from Dave Bastian’s Session on Diversity & Local Engagement in Conservation Corps

Notes on Matt Grabau’s Session on Long-Term Goal Setting in the Colorado River Delta

2015 Tamarisk Coalition Conference

When/Where: February 11th, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM


Keys to Success: the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, Introduced by Daniel Oppenheimer

Keys to Success: the San Juan Watershed Group, Introduced by Melissa May

Keys to Success: the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition, Introduced by Anna Schrenk

2014 Tamarisk Coalition Conference

When/Where: February 19, 2014 in Grand Junction, CO


2014 XWN Mini-Workshop Attendees

Notes: Breakout Session on Listed Bird Species

Notes: Breakout Session on Monitoring Tactics

Notes: Breakout Session on Russian Olive Management

2013 XWN Workshop Recap
When/Where: September 10- 11, in Cottonwood, AZ
Over 60 practitioners from Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and California attended the workshop, sharing their experiences and lessons learned in the areas of geomorphology, wildlife habitat restoration, and long-term maintenance. This workshop was a major milestone for XWN.
Watch Kaard Bombe’s 3 minute recap of the 2013 workshop: