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GLIN==> Notice of Conference Program Availability: 4th National Conference on NPS and Stormwater Pollution Education Programs; October 17-20, 2005

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4th National Conference

October 17-20, 2005
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

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

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming "4th National Conference on Nonpoint Source and Stormwater Pollution Education Programs."  This exciting conference will provide a unique opportunity -- at a national scale -- to explore practical, state-of-the-art examples of successful outreach programs through multimedia sessions.  The conference's target audiences include professional staff and volunteers at the local, regional, state, and federal levels involved with education programs relating to nonpoint source, MS4 Phase I and Phase II (stormwater), watershed protection, and TMDLs -- as well as environmental service groups that work closely with adult and youth education programs.  Here is your opportunity to meet people with similar objectives and challenges who are concerned about building individual and social capacity to address runoff pollution, and who are working to develop creative information/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/aquatics/nonpoint>


The Conference begins on Tuesday morning, October 18 and concludes after lunch on Thursday, October 20.  Concurrent sessions and interactive workshops will address a wide range of topics including developing effective NPS and stormwater education programs, tools and techniques for NPS and stormwater education, approaches for stormwater education at the local level, NPS education programs at the community level, education strategies for minimizing development impacts on stormwater, home and yard care education programs, social marketing approaches, using weather as an educational marketing tool, education program evaluation and refinement, collaborative approaches to stormwater education, and more.

On Monday, October 17, four special Pre-Conference Workshops will be presented:

#1)  Fostering Sustainable Behavior: Beyond Brochures; presented by Doug McKenzie-Mohr, McKenzie Mohr & Associates, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

#2)  Getting in Step: Conducting Effective Stormwater/NPS Outreach Campaigns; presented by Charlie MacPherson and Melissa B. DeSantis; Tetra Tech, Inc., Fairfax, Va.;

#3)  Engaging Communities Through Social Mapping; presented by Theresa Trainor, U.S. EPA, Washington, D.C.

#4)  A "How-To" for New Stormwater and NPS Education Managers; presented by Brian A. Day, Environmental Education and Training LLC, Charlottesville, Va.


The Conference registration fee of $295 includes two breakfasts, three luncheons, refreshment breaks, written materials, and Conference proceedings.  There is a $45 additional fee for the special tour, reception, and dinner at the Notebaert Nature Museum on October 19.  Additional registration fees apply for each of the four Pre-Conference Workshops on October 17.  There are no discounts available for students or single-day conference registrations, though you may register for a Pre-Conference Workshop without attending the full Conference.

Register soon--Conference and Workshop space 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 23.  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 cannot be accepted.  Cancellations subject to a $40 processing fee.  No cancellations (substitutions only) after September 23.  Our FEIN number is 36-2225482.

Registration information and a printable registration form is available at <http://www.chicagobotanic.org/aquatics/nonpoint>


Enjoy luxurious accommodations and a convenient downtown location at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 N. Orleans St., Chicago, Illinois, 60654.  The preferred method for making reservations is by calling 312/836-5000; be sure to specify you're with the "NPS Conference" to get our special rate of $120 single or $145 double (plus 15.4% tax).  You may also make your reservations on the Web by visiting <http://www.holidayinnchicago.com/>, select "Reservations," and then specify "QNC" as the Group Booking Code in the "Optional Information" section.  Make your reservations early for best availability!  If you experience problems reserving a room at the conference rate, contact Bob Kirschner (see below).

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 <mailto:bkirschn@chicagobotanic.org>

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