NACD is heading to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in January for our 72nd Annual Meeting! We hope you’ll join us there for the opportunity to network with upwards of 1,000 landowners, partnering organizations, companies, and government agencies. As a meeting attendee, you’ll discover emerging technologies, services, and programs; engage in professional development; participate in forums discussing natural resource issues and legislation; develop strategies for education and outreach; and influence conservation policy.

Register for the meeting

To complete your registration, click here to log in to your NACD online account. If you’ve attended an NACD meeting in the past, you already have an account, but you may need to reset your password. You can download a printable version of the registration form by clicking here, but if you register online, you’ll receive a $15 discount!

Reserve your hotel room

To reserve your hotel room at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center at NACD’s special room block rate of $199 per night, call 1-888-777-6779 and identify yourself as a registration with the National Association of Conservation Districts or “NACD.” You can also click here to make your reservation online. Please note, the deadline to reserve rooms under NACD’s room block is Friday, January 5, 2018.

Self parking at the hotel is available at $19 per vehicle per day. The Gaylord Opryland provides shuttles to downtown Nashville every 30 minutes for $20 round trip per person, or $40 for a three-day unlimited pass. The shuttles runs Sunday – Thursday: 8:55 am – 11:35 pm and Friday – Saturday: 8:55 am – 1:35 am. Tickets can be purchased form the concierge in the Cascades and Magnolia lobbies. Click here for a detailed downtown shuttle schedule.

Transportation to and from the convention center is available via shuttle ($19 one way, 1-615-883-2211) and taxi (estimate fare $30 one way). Taking an Uber or Lyft from the Gaylord Opryland to downtown Nashville ranges from $14-$19. Downtown Nashville has over 35,000 parking spaces ranging from $3 – $15 an hour; click here for downtown parking options – the drive between the hotel and downtown is 15-20 minutes.

The Nashville MTA Bus 34 runs between the Opryland and downtown Nashville; one-way fare is $1.70 and all day, unlimited passes are $5.25. Click here to view the detailed route map, schedule, and pricing information.

Become a meeting sponsor

If you are a company or organization that would like time at the meeting to market to NACD members, please contact NACD’s Director of Development Melisa Augusto and view the Prospectus for potential opportunities.

First-Timer Scholarships

If you haven’t attended an NACD annual meeting in the past, you may be eligible for a first-timer scholarship!

Thanks to the generous support of Agri Drain, NACD will once again be offering first-timers complimentary meeting registration and a ticket to Tuesday night’s Appreciation Banquet. Only one person per state or territory may receive a scholarship, and chosen individuals must stay in the NACD room block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

Once a state or territory association selects a scholarship recipient in cooperation with their NACD board member, they are asked to send the recipient’s name and email address to NACD Director of Membership Kimberly Uldricks to complete their registration. Please DO NOT ask your recipient to register online.

NACD hosted over 800 conservation leaders from across the nation January 28 – February 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado, all united under the theme “Conservation: Our Water, Our Land, Our People.”

Visit NACD’s Newsroom to find a template press release on NACD’s 2017 Annual Meeting and a host of other resources, including recaps of the week’s activities, four press releases, and links to photos, presentations, and archived video of our general sessions, Expo Stage presentations, and Appreciation Banquet.

View the winning submissions for NACD and NACD Auxiliary’s 2016 Poster and Photo Contest on our Flickr page, as well as photos from throughout our time in Denver.

At the meeting we debuted new, handcrafted pins for Lifetime Friends of NACD members, and over ten new Lifetime Friends joined! Are you interested in supporting NACD through the Friends program? You can join online by clicking here.

This year’s Live Auction generated over $86,000 – all of which supports NACD’s education and outreach efforts. Thank you to our members and partners who donated, our auctioneer Johnny Regula, and master of ceremonies Brian Allmer, as well as our sponsors and those who bid on auction items.

Thank you for making NACD’s 71st Annual Meeting in Denver a wonderful event for everyone in attendance.


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