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

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Conference 2020 
     October 5-9, 2020
     Outdoor Campus West
     South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
     Rapid City, SD

TO 2021

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

Our organization leads the discussions for aquatic leaders. AREA is organized for educational purposes. AREA members include representatives of State, Federal, industry, fisheries and educational professionals involved in aquatic resource education programs. The nationwide non-profit Association is created to foster, promote and encourage aquatic education.

Become a member

Show your commitment to increase ARE effectiveness  -
  • Provide expertise regarding aquatic education issues, strategies and methodologies 
  • Provide an organized forum for discussion, deliberation, and resolution 
  • Support aquatic resource management programs 
  • Develop strategic plans for the future; provide organization and direction to AREA members 
  • Serve as a liaison between agencies, industry and state aquatic resource education coordinators
  • Promote education and wise-use management and conservation of aquatic resources and those recreational sports related to them

We invite you to browse our Web site and to support our goals by joining AREA.

Find us

Look at the Regional listing for your AREA Regional Representative.

For payment assistance, contact Treasurer Sarah Chabaane, Phone: 803-737-8483, Email: chabaanes@dnr.sc.gov

For member assistance, contact Member Support,  Carol Paterick, Phone: 301-805-0784, carolpaterick@gmail.com.

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