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GLIN==> Notice of Conference Program Availability: 3rd National Conference on NPS Pollution Information & Education Programs; October 20-23, 2003

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3rd National Conference

October 20-23, 2003
Congress Plaza Hotel
Chicago, Illinois

cosponsored by:
Chicago Botanic Garden
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming "3rd National Conference on Nonpoint Source Pollution Information & Education Programs."  This exciting conference will provide a unique opportunity -- at a national scale -- to learn and share ideas on nonpoint source information and education strategies.  The conference will explore practical, state-of-the-art examples of successful outreach programs through multi-media sessions.  The conference's target audiences include nonpoint source, watershed, and TMDL program staff at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as environmental service groups that may work closely with local adult and youth education programs.  Here is your opportunity to meet people with similar objectives and challenges who are concerned about building social capacity to address nonpoint source pollution, and who are working to develop creative information and education programs.  Leave your "quiet" side at home and come prepared to interact!

The full Conference program, including registration information and a printable registration form, is available at http://www.chicagobotanic.org/research/conference/nonpoint 


The Conference begins on Tuesday morning, October 21 and concludes after lunch on Thursday, October 23.  Concurrent sessions and interactive workshops will address a wide range of topics including social marketing and target audience evaluation, building effective and broad-based coalitions, water festivals and community events, effective outreach approaches for urban areas, innovations for raising public awareness, building community partnerships, enhancing professional development opportunities for teachers, state and regional approaches for NPS outreach, new approaches for education and training, working with the media, and more.

On Monday, October 20, three special all-day Pre-Conference Workshops will be presented:

#1)  Communicating for Results: Developing and Implementing Effective Outreach Campaigns; presented by Charlie MacPherson and Melissa B. DeSantis; Tetra Tech, Inc., Fairfax, Va.;

#2)  The Human Dimension of Watershed Management; presented by Robin Shepard and Catherine Neiswender; University of Wisconsin-Extension, Madison, Wis.; and

#3)  Draw Them A Picture: Translating Data Into Information; presented by Karen A. Scanlon, Jill M. Reinhart, and Tammy Taylor; Conservation Technology Information Center, W. Lafayette, Ind.


The Conference registration fee of $240 includes three breakfasts, three luncheons, refreshment breaks, a terrific reception and dinner at the Chicago Botanic Garden, written materials, and Conference proceedings.  There are no discounts available for students or single-day registrations.  There is an additional $55 registration fee for each of the three Pre-Conference Workshops on Monday, October 20. (you may attend only one since each is an all-day program).  You may register for a Pre-Conference Workshop without attending the full Conference.

Register soon -- Conference and Workshop registration is limited!  Registrations will be accepted and confirmed on a first-paid basis.  A $40 late fee applies if we do not receive your full payment by September 30.  Payment may be made by check (mail), or charged to Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express (fax or mail).  Sorry, we are not able to invoice you for the registration fee.  Telephone registrations and purchase orders will not be accepted.

Registration information and a printable registration form is available at http://www.chicagobotanic.org/research/conference/nonpoint 


The Congress Plaza Hotel -- overlooking Buckingham Fountain and Lake Michigan -- and just steps away from the Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Alder Planetarium, and Field Museum of Natural History.  Exceptionally-discounted conference rate of $114 single or $124 double.  Reserve by September 26 to ensure availability.  Call the hotel at 1-800/635-1666 and mention "NPS I&E Conference" to receive the special rate.  Located at 520 S. Michigan Ave., the Congress' local telephone number is 312/427-3800.  Preview hotel amenities at www.congressplazahotel.com 

Easy access from Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports.  Compare ticket prices and airlines servicing each airport -- often there are significant differences!  Airport shuttle information is forwarded with your registration confirmation.


If you have any questions, or if you would like to be mailed a printed copy of the CONFERENCE PROGRAM AND REGISTRATION BOOKLET, please contact Bob Kirschner at the Chicago Botanic Garden, e-mail: bkirschn@chicagobotanic.org 

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