Project WILD Coordinators are invited and encouraged to attend the 36th annual Project WILD Conference, taking place at Chico Hot Springs from Sunday afternoon, June 23, through Thursday at noon, June 27. Join us under the Big Sky as we learn, collaborate, and strengthen our Project WILD network.
Registration is now live! Click here to register.
- FULL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION - $450. This includes meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner - except for dinner on your own on Sunday and Tuesday nights), snacks, events, sessions, and field excursions. Registration fees do not cover lodging or transporation to the conference site.
- FACILITATOR REGISTRATION - $300. This option for WILD facilitators covers all conference meals and events Tuesday through Thursday.
- SINGLE-DAY REGISTRATION - $125. This fee includes the meals, sessions, and events offered on either Tuesday, June 25, or Wednesday, June 26.
- GUEST REGISTRATION - When registering, you may add guests for varying fees depending on their pariticipation (e.g., Tuesday field experience, awards banquet, archery/fly-fishing stations, etc.). The guest fee includes all conference meals, plus only the sessions selected when registering.
Meeting at a Glance
View the preliminary conference schedule.
To reserve your room, call Chico Hot Springs at (406) 333-4933 and mention group block “Project WILD.” Chico Hot Springs has a variety of accommodations and rooms types; click here for the number and type of rooms reserved on our block. You can also learn more about the options by visiting their website. All rooms on the block include four nights, checking in Sunday, 6/23, and checking out Thursday, 6/27. Room type will be available on a first come, first served basis. Call before Wednesday, May 22, to make sure to reserve your room before the block is released.
Request for Session Proposals
We invite coordinators to share about ways that you use Project WILD in your conservation education program and training. Read the call for proposals to see specific topic areas we are looking to fill. Send in your proposal by Thursday, January 31.
WILD in the Field
This year's field experience will take us to Yellowstone National Park, with multiple stops on the way. We will visit the OTO Historic Ranch and learn about the collaboration between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service to conserve the over 3,000-acre ranch and surrounding landscape, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Teddy Roosevelt stayed here!). We will also stop at the Yellowstone Forever Center to learn about climate, geology, and physical science in the park. Our visit in the world's first national park will include hiking, exploring thermal features at Mammoth Hot Springs, and learning about the park's education programs.
Project WILD Business Meeting
At our annual business meeting, AFWA's Project WILD staff will provide an overview of the past year, including guide sales, new sponsor agencies, curriculum updates, online initiatives, and more.
Join us as we celebrate coordinators' and facilitators' outstanding work in service of the Project WILD program. Each year tens of thousands of educators across the country receive a WILD curriculum & activity guide at a training where they engage in teacher-tested, hands-on activities. These educators in turn engage students in learning about nature, wildlife, natural resources, and the challenges and opportunities that come with managing those resources - all while meeting educational standards. Project WILD Coordinators and their facilitators together make upwards of 1,000 of these trainings happen annually. We look forward to acknolwedging and commending their hard work and impact towards building a more conservation-literate citizenry.
Transportation and Travel
We recommend flying into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, located about an hour northwest of Chico Hot Springs. Be sure to purchase your flights early, as Yellowstone is a popular place to be in June! Similarly, if you plan on renting a car, make your reservation early, as those will also go fast. You are responsible for your transportation from the airport to the conference location. AFWA will help coordinate carpooling.
- If you have not already, please fill out the conference survey to indicate whether you plan to rent a car.
- Once you purchase your flight, fill out your flight times in this Google sheet (or email your itinerary to email@example.com) so that others can see who is arriving at the same time.
Auction Item Donations
What will you bring for this year's silent and live auctions? Your donated items help raise funds to bring coordinators to the conference each year. WILD swag, outdoor gear, nature-themed artwork and jewerly, favorite food and beverages from your state, field guides, and books are favorites! Whose item will win the highest bid? Who will win "Chuckie the Chicken," the coveted avian visitor and avid WILD supporter? Get ready to place your bets!
If you cannot attend the conference but still have an auction item to submit, please mail it to the following address:AFWA
Attn: Project WILD
1100 First St NE, Ste. 825
Washington, DC 20002
Stipend funds raised at the 2018 conference auction are available for coordinators who need financial assistance to attend the conference. Email or mail your request on organization letterhead by Thursday, January 31. In your letter, be sure to indicate your circumstances, the amount requested, and how the money will be applied (airfare, lodging, etc.).
Mail: See address above.
Exhibits and Raffle
Show off your state's WILD side. Coordinators who exhibit at a full or half table with marketing materials, handouts, banners, and other promotional items will be entered to win a raffle prize.
For those interested, this year we have selected a few different options to read ahead of time to enhance your experience in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Join some of our conference planning team members to discuss either the book or the articles on Wednesday at lunch!
Wolf Wars by Hank Fischer
Montana Outdoors Articles
Breathing Room. After decades, bison are finally allowed to roam year round outside of Yellowstone National Park. (2017)
Overdue. State and federal agencies say it's time to take Yellowstone region grizzly bears off the threatened species list. (2016)
Weighing in on Wolves. Montana works to strike a fair and biologically sound balance between having enough of the large carnivores and having too many. (2014)
Stipend requests: Thursday, January 31
Session proposals: Thursday, January 31
Awards nominations: Wednesday, May 1
Registration: Wednesday, May 1
Lodging: Wednesday, May 22 (Make your reservation at Chico Hot Springs by this date.)
Call Kelly at (832) 781-1981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.