Michael Brand MO 
AREA North Central Regional Rep

Tracy Page MI
   Conference Chair

Ed Shaw MI
   Conference Site Chair

Natalie Elkins MI
Kevin Frailey MI
Barb Gigar IA
Suzanne Stone MI


AREA is celebrating 25 years in 2019: 1994-2019

Founded 1994, AREA is dedicated to sound educational practices, stewardship and responsible use of aquatic resources, fisheries and habitats to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.

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Michael Brand, 314-477-8120,

WELCOME TO THE NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE aquatic resources education association (AREA)

WHERE:  Cadillac, Michigan (MAP
                       Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center
                       Address: 6087 M-115
                      Phone: 231-779-132

Presenter Proposal Form:  PDF File

Dates:  Monday (travel day) October 8 through Friday October 11 (travel day or optional fishing trip)

Fee: $50 covers training sessions, two lunches, training material and bag. Free carpooling from the Traverse City Airport may be available between 3-6pm Monday October 7 (Email to make arrangements),

Registration link: AREA North Central Regional Conference

  • Hotel Name:   Holiday Inn
  • Address:    7642 S, US-131, Cadillac, MI 49601
  • Hotel Contact Information:    (231) 779-4656
  • Promo code: AREA
  • Free breakfast and coffee
  • Directions from Traverse City Airport:    Head out of town to 131 S and follow into Cadillac.    46.8 miles.
  • Directions from Grand Rapids Airport:    I96 W to 131 N into Cadillac.    104 miles.
  • Directions to Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center meeting venue:  Follow 131 to M55.  4.9 miles.   6087 M-115, Cadillac, MI 49601

Tentative Agenda:  PDF Download 

About us

The Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA) was established in direct response to a growing national need for a cohesive voice and a more fluid organized approach to the matters of regional, state, and local levels of aquatic concerns. The incorporation in 1994 of AREA launched an unprecedented national effort to join the forces of all levels of experts, scientists, technicians, aquatic professionals, and organizations dedicated to aquatics, toward responsible, viable aquatic management. Over the years, the voice of AREA has impacted the Federal, state, and local communities giving broad-scope stability, targeted growth, and offering direction to officials and organizations facing the challenges of meeting aquatic goals. AREA members, after all, have their pulse on the public, the state, and the nation.

It is our desire to continue to meet our goals, to expand opportunities for aquatic education where needed, and to freely provide our expertise to meet continuing challenges.

As a member

You hold a special place in the ARE world among professionals.

The AquaticResources Education Association (AREA) is a unique national not-for-profit association dedicated to furthering aquatic education.  AREA is governed by an elected Board of Directors representing geographic regions and headed by a Chairman, elected by the Board. AREA Members include, for example,

  • State aquatic education program directors, managers, and aquatic program coordinators;
  • Representatives of game, fish, and wildlife departments and  organizations;
  • Environmental protection and conservation officials;
  • Aquatic resources and sport fishing educators;
  • Natural resources, parks, and youth program leaders;
  • Watershed education and habitat restoration professionals; 
  • Federal, state, and local officials; and,
  • Related organizations, groups, and private industry.

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