March 7-9, 2022

12th Annual St. Louis River Summit

River Transformations

This year’s Summit theme speaks directly to pandemic recovery and brighter days ahead for our communities, river recovery as St. Louis River Area of Concern work progresses, and the transformative work of understanding and addressing climate change.

The 2022 Summit main program will be hosted virtually.
Optional in-person elements include a poster session, a River Talk, and field trips. View the Summit agenda below.

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2022 Summit Cost & Registration

Join us in celebrating the St. Louis River Estuary.

  • General Admission $30
  • Students FREE
Register for 2022 St. Louis River Summit

Registration provides access to the following:

  • inspiring keynotes
  • live and recorded presentations about current St. Louis River work
  • in-person poster session
  • virtual networking sessions
  • optional in-person field trips
  • exclusive access to Zoom session links and event resources

What is the St. Louis River Summit?

The Summit is a multi-day opportunity to learn and share about the St. Louis River.

Like an estuary, the St. Louis River Summit is a place where people meet and mix. It provides a diversity of solutions and strategies for a healthy St. Louis River watershed and nourishes the community with education and outreach opportunities. The St. Louis River Summit brings together key audiences working in the region.

The Summit provides many learning opportunities.

Join us in learning about the following:

  • the status and findings of current research
  • the results of implementing projects
  • ideas and status of future work

2022 St. Louis River Summit Overview

Request Accommodations

The Lake Superior Reserve strives to make programming accessible and accommodating to all in attendance. We invite you to make our event planning team aware of accommodations and/or accessibility requests that will allow you to participate fully in this event. Please reach out to Karina Heim at or (715) 399-4089 with any requests or questions about accommodations at this year’s Summit.

Agenda at a Glance

Monday Agenda
Monday, March 7

8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Virtual Keynote Address
Virtual Summit Program

12:30–1:30 p.m.
Virtual Networking Sessions and Lunch Break

1:45–5:00 p.m.
Virtual Summit Program

Tuesday Agenda
Tuesday, March 8

8:30am–12:30 p.m.
Virtual Featured Speaker
Virtual Summit Program

12:30–1:30 p.m.
Virtual Networking Sessions and Lunch Break

1:45–3:20 p.m.
Virtual Summit Program

4:30–6:30 p.m.
In-Person Poster Session
UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union, Great Room

6:30–8:00 p.m.
In-Person River Talk
UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union, Room 203

Wednesday Agenda
Wednesday, March 9

8:00–11:00 a.m.
In-Person Field Trips, various locations
View field trip descriptions

11:20–1:30 p.m.
Virtual Networking Sessions and Lunch Break

1:45–5:00 p.m.
Virtual Summit Program

Session Descriptions

Virtual Keynote Address • Monday, March 7
JESSE ROESLER, Credo Nonfiction
Inspiration To Impact: How to Seed & Lead Change Through Storytelling

Jesse Roesler is an Emmy and James Beard Award-winning filmmaker that puts the power of visual storytelling to work for global causes and brands. He works with cause champions and content publishers to uncover first person narratives that reveal core purpose and mission in an authentic, empathic and cinematic manner. His work for clients like TIME Magazine, The New York Times and Feeding America have garnered 25+ millions of views online. His feature length documentary, The Starfish Throwers was named most heartwarming film of the year by The Huffington Post.

JENNIFER CHENOWETH, Artist and Human Experience Cartographer
Healing Places Through Creative Action

Artist Jennifer Chenoweth makes contemporary art in any material that fits the idea, from drawings to large sculpture to interactive collaborative projects. Her recent project the XYZ Atlas mapped how we experience belonging and culminated in a TEDMED talk released in 2018. She now curates the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel in Austin, Texas to consider the purpose of our lives in the context of a historic cemetery.

Virtual Summit Program

At the St. Louis River Summit, we encourage speakers from across disciplines to share their knowledge in a space where everyone learns together. This event clusters submitted talks of 10, 20, or 5 minutes on a variety of river-related topics into sessions across multiple days. As we’ve transitioned the event for a virtual environment, we’ve kept the conversational spirit of the Summit going by encouraging Q&A and providing ample time to “Meet In the Hallway” (breakout rooms) with presenters following each session. This year, the session talks will once again take place in a virtual Zoom environment. All registered Summit guests will receive a information and a link connecting them to the Zoom space where virtual talks will be held. The session full schedule will become available in early February.

Virtual Networking Sessions

People with shared interests and unique knowledge have a lot to talk about when they come together! The Summit strives to support collaboration on timely topics to the St. Louis River community by creating space for networking sessions.  These optional sessions are established through the submission of an abstract indicating interest in hosting a conversation or smaller work session during the Summit. This year, networking sessions will be held in a virtual Zoom environment. Session topics will be announced in early February.

In-Person Poster Session

All registered Summit attendees are welcome to attend the event’s poster session, where presenters highlight updates from new and ongoing projects connected to the St. Louis River area. This is an opportunity to connect with colleagues and community members, too! This  year, the poster session will be hosted in-person at UW-Superior’s Yellowjacket Union in the early evening of March 8th. The session will make use of the ample space in the Great Room to showcase posters in a socially-distanced manner. Digital versions of the posters will be available for viewing online.

In-Person Field Trips

For the second year in a row, the Summit is offering an opportunity for attendees to step away from their desks, get out and experience this amazing place! There are four field trip opportunities that attendees can choose from and sign up for at the time of registration. Field trips are space-limited, and will be available until full. This year’s field trip opportunities include:

In-Person River Talk

This year’s event is “Bawa'iganaakoog (Wild Rice harvesting sticks)”, featuring Marne Kaeske, Cultural Preservation Specialist for the 1854 Treaty Authority. Join us to construct wild rice knocking sticks and get prepared to hit the rice bed during Manoominike-giizis (wild ricing moon). All materials and instruction included.

This event will be held at the Yellowjacket Union on UW-Superior’s campus, upstairs in room 203. Face coverings are required inside the building.

For this River Talk, registration in advance is required since this River Talk is hands-on and requires supplies. We have materials for 15 participants. If you know you would like to attend Bawa'iganaakoog, please sign up using this form: The form will close when the event limit has been reached.

For questions about this River Talk event, please reach out to Luciana Ranelli at 715-399-4085 or

Register for 2022 St. Louis River Summit

Tuesday, March 8 in-person events at the Yellowjacket Union

This year, the Summit poster session and the River Talk will be held in-person at UW-Superior’s Yellowjacket Union (YU) on Tuesday, March 8. The YU is located on the UW-Superior campus. Get directions to YU. The poster session and River Talk will both be held on the second floor of the YU. There will be signage to help you find your way to the YU’s Great Room and adjacent rooms where events are being held.

Parking at Yellowjacket Union

To park at the YU, please use only lots 2 or 11 (the two parking lots located north of the Union, view campus map). After 3:30 pm, parking restrictions will not be enforced in those two lots. Guests should only park in unmetered and unmarked parking spaces. Please do not park in spaces that are reserved with signage, have a Yellowjacket sign, or that have a meter. Unmarked and unreserved spaces without a meter in lots 2 and 11 are available to Summit guests.


Restrooms, including a gender neutral bathroom, are located on the same floor just down the hall from the rooms where Summit events are taking place.


Face coverings are required in all UW-Superior buildings including the YU. Poster stations will be spaced at a distance apart, using the entirety of the Great Room in an effort to maximize social distancing.


Questions about the summit?

Deanna Erickson, Lake Superior Reserve Director

A note about advocacy and the St. Louis River Summit

The St. Louis River Summit is intended to facilitate shared community dialog related to socio-ecological issues and natural and social science in the St. Louis River estuary. The Summit is organized and financially supported by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, with help from many generous sponsors. As a part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Extension and the NOAA-led National Estuarine Research Reserve system, the Reserve itself does not engage in advocacy and as state employees, staff follow clear guidelines. The views of presenters and sponsors who participate in the Summit are theirs or their organizations and do not represent the views, mission or work of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.