Dedicated to promoting stewardship and responsible use of aquatic resources, fisheries and habitats.

Upcoming events

  Prior AREA training Conferences 

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Conference 2022
     September 25-29, 2022
     Outdoor Campus West
     South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
     Rapid City, SD

Conference 2020: COVID-19 RESCHEDULED CONFERENCE 2020 TO 2022

Conference 2018  
     October 22-26, 2018
     Granlibakken Lodge
     Lake Tahoe, CA

     Program Book   |  Page View

Conference 2016 
    October 23-27, 2016
     U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
     National Conservation Training Center
    Shepherdstown, WV

     Program Book

Conference 2014
   October 26-30, 2014
   Park Place Hotel
   Traverse City, MI

Conference 2012
   October 21-25, 2012
   Embassy Suites
   Scottsdale, AZ
Conference 2010     
   October 3-8, 2010
   Doubletree Hotel
   Omaha, NE
Conference 2008     
   October 16-22, 2008
   Omni Hotel
   Corpus Christi, TX
Conference 2006    
   September 23-28, 2006
   Arlington Hotel
   Hot Springs, Arkansas
Conference 2004    
   September 18-23, 2004
   Hawks Cay
   Duck Key, Florida
Conference 2002    
   September 28-October 2, 2002
   Chico Hot Springs
   Pray, Montana
Conference 2000    
   October 25-28, 2000
   Omni Hotel
   Baltimore, Maryland

Conference 1998

   August 1998 with AFS 
  Hartford, Connecticut

Conference 1996 
    Corpus Christi, Texas

Conference 1994 
 State College, Pennsylvania

The very first ad hoc meeting was held in San Antonio in 1989. It was the first time aquatic resource educators from around the country were brought together. Federal Aid folks sponsored it. A decision was made that the group should meet annually or every other year. Additional ad hoc meetings were held in such locations as Washington, DC.


Click image panels for larger display. Courtesy of Carl Richardson, PA, and past AREA President 

About us

AREA members participate in a national effort toward angler and aquatic education, angler R3, outreach, resource conservation, research, program evaluation, and similar functions related to aquatic education and angler R3 programs. AREA members can participate in the national biennial conference and regional meetings / updates.

Find us

Look at the AREA listing for your Regional Representative.

For payment assistance, contact Treasurer Sarah Chabaane, Phone: 803-737-8483, Email:

For member assistance, contact Member Support,  Carol Paterick, Phone: 301-805-0784,

Become a member

By joining AREA, you have direct access to national, regional, and local levels of support and expertise. You will have opportunities to participate in conferences and seminars and enjoy daily dialogue with aquatic scientists and leaders from all walks of life.  AREA members share professional experience; and members are able to get in on the ground floor of innovations in aquatic and angler education and angler R3.
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