Join us in Harrisonburg April 26-28, 2020 for the Virginia Land Conservation & Greenways Conference.
Sponsored by Virginia’s United Land Trusts with local hosts Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley and Valley Conservation Council
Field Trips: Fishing & birding at Hayfields Reserve, Hike North River Gorge on Shenandoah Mountain, Farm Tour, Cross Keys and Port Republic Battlefield Tour, Shenandoah National Park Hike, “Friendly City” Downtown Walking Tour, Northend Greenway Bike Trip, Blacks Run/Purcell Park Restoration Tour
- Keynote speaker: Mamie Parker, Expanding Partnerships and Connecting More People to the Land, Dr. Parker is a Principal with Ecologix Group, the first African-American chairwoman of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Board, a former US Fish and Wildlife Service Chief of Staff, a Fish and Wildlife Biologist, and has served on dozens of boards and commissions including Chesapeake Conservancy, Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Potomac Conservancy.
Keynote speaker: Ralph Sampson, Family Legacy of Agriculture, Forestry, and Land Stewardship, Mr. Sampson is a Harrisonburg native and Rockingham County farmer where he helps maintain the family’s century farm. A three time College Player of the Year while playing for the University of Virginia and former professional basketball player, Mr. Sampson brings his basketball agility and entrepreneur talents to bring the family farm into the 21st century.
- More than 20 sessions and roundtables including: Little Towns with Big Plans – How Capacity Limited Communities are Growing Local Economies by Leveraging the Great Outdoors; Comprehensive Planning and Conservation Easements; Using Greenways to Combat Climate Change; Preparing for the Future: Board leadership development and changing the face of the Board; Virginia Food Systems – Economies of Growing Food in Western Virginia; and Renewables – Strategies to Achieve Land and Energy Goals for Virginia
- Socialize & meet new people: Sunday Social Hour, New Professional Event, & Monday Evening Reception
- Submit A Poster Session: March 20, 2020, A great way to add content to the conference and to highlight a project you are working on.
- Registration & Reserving your Room:
- Register: Registration includes field trips, all sessions, and Monday breakfast, lunch, evening reception food and Tuesday breakfast and lunch. Registration is $200/$225 for members/nonmembers ($225/$250 after March 20).
- Ten Conference Scholarships: Thanks to a Virginia Department of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Grant we are offering TEN conference scholarships. This is open to anyone but priority will be given to individuals/organizations who have never attended; who will not be able to attend without the scholarship; and who will benefit from the content and bring a fresh perspective. Due: March 6, 2020.
- Reserve Your Hotel Room: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Madison. The nightly room rates are $96 single occupancy/$106 double occupancy.
Thanks to our INCREDIBLE SPONSORS field trips are free and registration is less than the actual per person cost. Sponsors above $500 are eligible to have a display table in the registration area, which is a great way to provide more educational content to the conference. To find out about becoming a sponsor, contact Peggy Stevens (firstname.lastname@example.org).