Summer Meeting

NACD and the Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI) will be jointly hosting the 2017 Conservation Forum and Tour from July 15 to 18 at the Prairie Meadows Hotel in Altoona, Iowa.

Click here to download a printable registration form.

Travel and Accommodations

The closest airport is Des Moines International Airport. More information on transportation will be posted shortly, so check back soon!

To book your hotel room at NACD’s special discounted rate of $107 per night, make your reservation using one of the following options before Tuesday, June 20:

  • Call 515.957.3000 and reference your group block: NACD Summer Meeting
  • Go to www.prairiemeadows.com and use NACD’s group code: 071417NAT_001
  • Click on this online booking link: 

Sponsorship

Sponsoring NACD’s summer meeting is an investment in conservation.  As a sponsor, your agency, company, or organization will be given a platform to showcase your support for conservation districts and our nation’s top conservation leaders. Are you or your company interested in being a sponsor of this year’s Summer Conservation Forum and Tour? Please take a look through our Exhibitor and Sponsorship Guide and reach out to NACD Director of Development Melisa Augusto with any questions.

Exhibitor-Sponsor Prospectus


Thank you to our Summer Conservation Forum and Tour sponsors:

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Draft Agenda

(Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for tour descriptions)

Friday, July 14

Event Classification (NACD/Iowa/Joint) Time Activity Location
NACD 12:00PM – 5:00PM Executive Board Meeting  Skinner Room C1

Saturday, July 15

Event Classification Time Activity Location
NACD 7:00AM – 5:00PM Executive Board Meeting Skinner Room C1
NACD 4:00PM – 6:00PM Registration Open  Meadows Entrance

Sunday, July 16

Event Classification Time Activity Location
NACD 7:00AM – 5:00PM Registration Open Meadows Entrance
NACD 4:00PM – 6:00PM TBA Polk Room
NACD 8:00AM – 12:00PM Board Meeting:
Welcome from Iowa 
Water Quality in Iowa 
Skinner Ballroom
NACD 12:00PM – 1:30PM Lunch on your own Four Facilities Onsite
NACD 1:30PM – 3:30PM Region Meetings:
Pacific
Northeast
Southeast
North Central
Southwest
Northern Plains
South Central
Rooms:
Bishop C – Salon 1
Bishop C – Salon 2
Bishop C – Salon 3
Skinner B1
Skinner B2
Skinner C1
Skinner C2
Joint 3:00PM – 5:00PM Exhibitor Set-Up Meadows Commons
NACD 3:30PM – 4:00PM Coffee Break Meadows Commons
NACD 4:00PM – 6:00PM Committee Meetings:
Communications
Legislative
Natural Resource Policy
Stewardship and Education
District Operations and Membership Services
Rooms:
Bishop C – Salon 1
Skinner B1
Bishop C – Salon 3
Skinner C1
Bishop C – Salon 2

Monday, July 17

Event Classification Time Activity Location
Joint 6:00AM – 7:00AM Exhibitor Set-Up Meadows Entrance
Joint 7:00AM – 5:00PM Registration and Exhibits Open Meadows Entrance and Commons
Iowa 7:00AM – 8:00AM Auction Items Accepted Bishop Ballroom and Meadows Commons
Joint 8:00AM Des Moines Guest Tour Departs Hotel Meadows Entrance
NACD 8:00AM – 10:30AM Board Meeting Skinner Ballroom
Iowa 8:00AM – 10:30AM CDI Business Meeting and Updates Bishop Ballroom
Joint 10:30AM – 11:00AM Break with Exhibitors Meadows Commons
Joint 11:00AM – 1:30PM General Program and Lunch:
Welcome and Keynote Address 
National Keynote 
Iowa Speaker 
Bishop Ballroom
Joint 1:30PM – 2:15PM Break with Exhibitors Meadows Commons
Joint 2:15PM – 3:30PM Simultaneous Conservation Panels:
Private Sector
Community and Agriculture
Rooms:
Bishop Ballroom
Skinner Ballroom
Joint 4:00PM Des Moines Guest Tour Returns to Hotel Meadows Entrance
Joint 4:00PM – 5:00PM Social (with hors d’oeuvres) Meadows Entrance
Joint 5:00PM Banquet, including Iowa Awards and Live Auction Bishop Ballroom

Tuesday, July 18

Event Classification Time Activity Location
Joint 6:00AM – 7:30AM Breakfast and Iowa History Bishop Ballroom
Joint 8:00AM Buses Depart for Tours Meadows Entrance
Joint 8:00AM – 4:00PM Water Quality Tour Stops are all within an hour of the conference center
Joint 8:00AM – 4:00PM Soil Health Tour Stops are all within an hour of the conference center

Tour Descriptions

Monday, July 17

A Stroll Through Des Moines Guest Tour – Visit popular Des Moines attractions on this full-day tour.


Tuesday, July 18

Water Quality Tour – A full-day tour of the urban conservation water quality practices being used in residential and urban settings. Attendees will see firsthand how water quality conservation practices straight from Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy playbook are being put to use on a working farm. Participants will also be given a demonstration of Iowa water quality monitoring programs, in addition to an Iowa lunch, an Iowa-made beverage tasting, and a cultural visit.


Tuesday, July 18

Soil Health Tour – A full-day tour of soil conservation practices at work. Attendees will receive a demonstration of Iowa soil health monitoring and education programs, as well as an Iowa lunch, Iowa-made beverage tasting, and a cultural visit.

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