AREA 14th Annual Training



  • NOTE: All registrations start online.
    • Two step process:  Register, then pay.
      Payment can be made
      with a charge or debit card online at checkout through the link 'Pay Online Now' or later, through the link 'Invoice Me.'  If you are invoiced, you will receive your invoice to your email address.  FORWARD it to your payment officer because it has the link to pay online with a card.  Or you can issue checks to Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA) and send by mail to:

      Sarah Chabaane, Aquatic Education Coordinator
      South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
      1000 Assembly Street
      Columbia, SC 29202
      Phone: 803-360-9846
  • AREA 2022 Refund Policy
         75% refund through August 25, 2022
         50% refund from August 26 through September 22, 2022
         No refund beginning September 23, 2022

Training Registration Fees (Early-through Aug 15/Late- through Sept 15)
Student/Retiree $225/$275
AREA Member $350/$400
AREA Non-member $425/$475
Daily Registration $200 Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
Early reduced fee registration through August 15, 2022

Regular registration fee August 16 through September 15, 2022


Registrations prior to midnight August 15 get a free copy of Matt Miller's book, Fishing Through the Apocalypse

  • Meal Details
    Continental breakfast and a lunch each day included
    Two evening meals included
    Tuesday "Dinner on your own"  and Thursday "Dinner on your own" at Mt. Rushmore are on you

  • For payment questions, contact the Treasurer Sara Chabaane
  • For registration and web questions, contact Carol Paterick


    Unique Hands-On Opportunities for Aquatic Educators and Marine Scientists


    About AREA

    We are dedicated to promoting, through sound educational practices, stewardship and responsible use of aquatic resources, fisheries and habitats to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.

    The Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA) was established in response to a growing national need for a cohesive voice and a more organized approach to regional, state, and local aquatic education efforts. Incorporated in 1994, AREA launched an unprecedented national effort to join forces of all levels of experts, scientists, technicians, aquatic professionals, and organizations dedicated to aquatic conservation and fishing participation.

    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.

    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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