13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference

hosted by the

Healing Our Waters®– Great Lakes Coalition

October 17-19, 2017


Hyatt Regency

Two Fountain Plaza

Buffalo, New York, USA, 14202
Reserve your room here.


Registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing you in Buffalo!

Each year Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition brings together a diverse group of more than 400 people from throughout the Great Lakes region to attend the Great Lakes Restoration Conference. The conference provides a 3-day forum for participants to learn about important Great Lakes restoration issues; network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists; and develop strategies to advance federal, regional, and local restoration goals.


This year the conference will be held in Buffalo, New York. You’ll stay at the Hyatt Regency, one of Buffalo’s landmark hotels in the heart of downtown Buffalo. Enjoy a city rich with history, culture, cuisine, and nature, where there is lots of ground to cover and surprises to explore! Be ready to attend one of our exciting field trips, which highlight the restoration advances being made around the city. And relax and enjoy an evening at Buffalo RiverWorks, the city’s newest premier waterfront, boating, sports, music, and entertainment destination located along the banks of the Buffalo River.

Join us on Thursday morning October 19th for a unique coalition conference experience – a trip to one of the most awe-inspiring wonders of the Great Lakes, Niagara Falls! Our conference program will relocate to the head and the foot of Niagara Falls on Thursday morning as we take attendees to experience the Falls from four different possible perspectives. Pick from several options to experience this fantastic feature of the Great Lakes:
Option A: Ride to the foot of Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist
Option B: Experience the Falls from underneath with a visit to the Cave of the Winds
Option C: Tour Goat Island on foot to experience the flora, fauna and spectacular views at the head of the Falls
Option D: Hike down the Niagara Gorge to see the Schoellkopf Power Plant Ruins and experience the Niagara Gorge, which spans 12 miles and was carved out by the energy of the Falls over thousands of years.

All participants will also have the opportunity to explore Niagara State Park, visit the different vistas, network and connect with fellow attendees, and spend the morning experiencing one of the many wonders of the Great Lakes.


The Coalition has reserved a block of rooms for attendees to stay at the Hyatt Regency. Reserve your room here. The room rate is $149 per night, plus tax.


Valet parking is available. The overnight rate is $25.

Transportation to and from the Buffalo Airport is an easy 15-minute taxi ride.

*Travel Note: Due to an all-conference trip to Niagara Falls on the last day, please plan departure travel accordingly. It is estimated that attendees will return from the Niagara Falls trip to the hotel at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing you in Buffalo!

More information about sponsoring the conference can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you in Buffalo in October!