CAWS was established in 1997 by and for professionals throughout Connecticut involved in wetland science. The Association’s purpose is to promote the profession and understanding of wetland science. Membership is geared toward all wetland professionals including wetland scientists, consultants, soil scientists, engineers, attorneys, regulators, landscape architects, students and any in the general public with an interest in wetland science. Membership in CAWS provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, research, consulting and regulatory related issues and any other wetland related interests among its members.

There are four levels of membership based on experience, education and participation in CAWS.

  1. Full members have full voting privileges and may serve on the Board of Directors. Full members must have practiced the profession of wetland science for at least three years and must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours in a biological, environmental or related science. A master’s degree substitutes for one year of practice. Five years of practice or certification by the Society of Wetland Scientists can be substituted for the 30 semester hours. A full member must also be sponsored for membership by two full members.
  2. Associate members may be any person or group with an interest in wetland science. They do not hold voting privileges and may be appointed to committees by the Board of Directors.  An Associate Group membership entitles one (1) individual to the member's annual meeting at the member rate.
  3. Student members have the same privileges as Associate members and must be enrolled in full or part-time academic training.
  4. Emeritus Members are those individuals who meet Full Member Eligility and are 65 years of age or older.  Emeritus members have the same privilages as Full Members.

Annual membership fees are:

  • Full Member - $50.00
  • Associate Member - $40.00
  • Student Member - $25.00
  • Emeritus Member - $25.00

CAWS Membership is based on a calendar year (January to December) 

Annual dues help support the annual meetings which have received great interest over the years and have provided a wealth of information to attendees (note that CAWS members enjoy discount pricing).  Your dues also support the annual Michael Lefor Wetland Science Research Grant which is given to qualified undergraduate or graduate students to help defray the cost of wetland science research projects and to the Leslie Mehrhoff Plant Biodiversity Preservation Grant which promotes plant biodiversity preservation efforts in Connecticut.  Members also receive periodic listserve messages from CAWS, with news and announcements of interest to wetland scientists, as well as invitations to occasional workshops organized or sponsored by CAWS or our partners.

If you are interested in becoming a member, you can learn more about CAWS membership by downloading our application form.  You can also submit your application online by clicking here.

Note: New Full Members must submit resume, transcript and/or certification letter, and sponsorship form.

ALREADY A MEMBER!  If you are already a member and would like to renew your membership, you may do so by clicking here which will take you to our secure membership renewal page.

Any questions regarding membership may be sent to the membership committee chairperson at