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Details at a Glance

Aquatic Resources Education Association BIENNIAL TRAINING


     October 23-28, 2016

     National Conservation Training Center
     698 Conservation Way
     Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443



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Registration Links

2016 Registration and Payment

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Post Conference Field Trips (Thursday, Oct 27)

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Please NOTE: After October 15, 2016, we can not honor requests for refunds.


Sponsors and Exhibitors

Sponsor Overview
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Premiere Sponsor Levels

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Exhibitor Tables

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Conference Program Ad Space

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Hospitality Suite Sponsor

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Participant Conference Bags

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Silent Auction Donations

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Student Scholarship

Collegiate Student Scholarship Apply to attend the 2016 AREA-NCTC Conference

  Student Scholarship Details

  Student Scholarship Application

The AREA Conference is being held at the Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTS).  It is a unique venue for training in conservation and aquatic education. NCTC is a walking campus on a 533 acre property. The instructional classrooms, commons, and housing are situated within the rural setting of both forest and grasslands. The architectural design demonstrates the buildings and walkways are blended with the landscape to entice guests to shed their metropolis pressures. Outdoor patios, walkways, and break areas are situated to easily view the Mid-Atlantic area wildlife throughout the four seasons. Birds, white-tailed deer, fox, and other critters are frequently seen skittering up nearby trees or moving along a grassland culvert.  AREA delegates will enjoy the NCTC Campus and all that it offers as much as the learning labs and educational presentations offered.
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Delegate Overview
Please NOTE: After October 15, 2016, we can not honor requests for refunds.

  • The drop-down menus at the top provide details to help you explore and navigate the conference website

  • The Quick Links to the left give direct access to registration forms and web pages.  There are two forms depending on your plans:  Registration and Payment formPost-conference Field Trip form.

  • There is no cost to you for the Pre-Conference Workshop, Sunday October 23, 2016,  covered through an R3 Grant from RBFF.  It is a comprehensive 6-hour workshop taught by Matt Dunfee, Casting Deeper - R3 Model (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation).

    DRIVING, your own vehicle or a rented vehicle
    You will register for the conference and enter the name(s) of your carpoolers, pick Tuesday and Wednesday action labs, choose room arrangements, etc. on the registration form. 
    See this page: Driving-to-NCTC
    • NCTC Campus Gate Guards will need your name and those riding with you before granting site access.  Provide that information during registration so we can add the name(s) to the NCTC Gate list.
    • Choose your learning labs for Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Add the names of your roommates if any. 
    • All attendees must register and pay individually to attend the conference, even if carpooling or sharing a room.

    Flying into Washington-Dulles (IAD) and Using the FREE AREA Shuttle
    You will register for the conference, choose Tuesday and Wednesday action labs, choose room arrangements, etc. on the registration form.

    • You will also provide your IAD arrival and departure flight times and choose your (free) shuttle time from IAD to NCTC. See details at this page:
       Washington-Dulles IAD Shuttle Service and Meal Details
    • FREE shuttle from IAD to NCTC only at times shown
    • Pre-order a box dinner meal for late shuttle arrival to NCTC and a to-go-bag breakfast for 7:00am shuttle departures from NCTC.

See You in October!

   AREA 2016 Conference Committee
"Aquatic Resources Education Association" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Founded in 1994.
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